The Samui Times Challenges The Head of Surat Thani Provincial Police, Police Major General Apichart Boonsriroj to Explain his Public Lie
On Friday 7th July 2017 police and administrative officials in Surat Thani gave a briefing at police HQ with regards to tourist deaths on the island of Koh Tao and the consequent media coverage. This was held at police headquarters where senior offices gave details about six deaths on the island. It was also attended by the police liaison officer of the Belgian Embassy.
In the course of this briefing Major General Apichart Boonsriroj refered to the previous murders of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller. In a case upheld by international observers to be substantially flawed, the outcome was that two Burmese workers, Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin, were charged and subsequently sentenced to death for the murders. The appeal court upheld the ruling.
In this briefing of 7th July Major General Apichart Boonsriroj stated clearly that “ . . . the window for an appeal to the Supreme Court has closed without one (appeal) being filed and the case is closed”.
This is incorrect.
Far from the case being closed it is still ongoing and the defendants’ legal team are currently preparing appeal documents for submission to the Supreme Court which are due to be tendered on July 21st 2017.
There are only two possible conclusions to be drawn from this.
The first is that The Head of Surat Thani Provincial Police, Police Major General Apichart Boonsriroj, was simply unaware that that this case is still unresolved and the Supreme Court appeal is still in process.
The second is that Major General Apichart Boonsriroj was fully aware of the ongoing case and chose to lie about it.
Under the circumstances of this high profile case and the international media attention it is attracting, The Samui Times would like to invite Maj Gen Apichart Boonsriroj to explain his statement and his reasons for making it.