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Thailand’s frosty relations with Saudi Arabia improved slightly yesterday when the Criminal Court allowed the mother of 1990 kidnap victim Mohammad al-Ruwaili to become a co-plaintiff.
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Atik al-Ruwaili, an elder brother of Saudi businessman Mohammad al-Ruwaili, who went missing in 1990, arrives at the Criminal Court to attend a hearing after his mother decided to join prosecutors as a co-plaintiff in the case into the alleged kidnapping of the businessman. SURAPOL PROMSAKA NA SAKOLNAKORN
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1990 Saudi kidnap case makes a little progress
Thailand’s relations with Saudi Arabia have been frosty ever since a Thai worker stole jewellery belonging to the Saudi royal family in 1989. A year later, a Saudi businessman investigating the case was allegedly abducted and presumably killed in Bangkok, followed by the murder of three Saudi diplomats in the city.
None of the cases have been fully solved, but yesterday there was a little progress in case of businessman Mohammad al-Ruwaili when the Criminal Court allowed his mother to become a co-plaintiff.
Her handwritten request was accepted despite objections from lawyers representing the five suspects in the case who said they did not believe the request was genuine.
It was submitted by Atikal-Ruwaili, an elder brother of the missing businessman. He said through an interpreter yesterday that he now felt more confident in the Thai judicial system but admitted that over the past 23 years his family had been living in pain over his brother's disappearance in Thailand.
The passage of time has made the case extremely difficult to prosecute. One key witness, Pol Lt Col Suwitchai Kaewphaluek, fled to the United Arab Emirates several years ago.
Prosecutors interviewed him there, but the Constitution Court later disallowed his testimony because the defendants' lawyers were not present. They refuse to travel to the UAE, insisting that that the hearing of witness testimony overseas is unlawful.
Altogether, five police officers have been implicated in Mr Ruwaili's disappearance, including former Provincial Police Region 5 commissioner Pol Lt Gen Somkid Boonthanom.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.
elder – older ที่อายุมากกว่า
Criminal Court – a court which hears criminal cases, i.e., cases where people are accused of breaking a law and where punishment involves going to jail. ศาลอาญา
prosecutor – a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty อัยการ
plaintiff – someone who makes a legal complaint against someone else in court (a co-plaintiff joins with another to make the complaint) โจทก์
alleged – claimed to be true although not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
kidnap – to illegally take someone away and make them a prisoner ลักพาตัว
progress – the process of developing or of getting nearer to achieving or completing something ความคืบหน้า
relations – official dealings between countries ความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างประเทศ
frosty – unfriendly, in a way that suggests that somebody does not approve of something; extremely cold ซึ่งไม่เป็นมิตร, ซึ่งหนาวจัด
jewellery – objects such as rings and necklaces that people wear as decoration เพชรพลอย,อัญมณี
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
abduct – to take somebody away illegally, especially using force ลักพาตัว
presumably – used for saying that you think something is true based on what you know, although you are not really certain น่าเป็นไปได้, ซึ่งพอเป็นจริงได้
murder – the crime of intentionally killing a person ฆาตกรรม, การฆาตกรรม
diplomat – an official whose job is to represent their government in a foreign country นักการทูต
solve – to find the correct answer or explanation for something หาคำตอบได้
objection – a statement that shows that you disagree with a plan, or a reason for your disagreement การแถลงการคัดค้าน
lawyer – an attorney ทนาย
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
genuine – real; honest แท้
submit – to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
interpreter – someone who changes what someone else is saying into another language ล่าม
confident – certain; having trust in people, plans, or the future มั่นใจ
judicial system – a country’s court system ระบบศาลยุติธรรม
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it ยอมรับ
disappearance – moving something or someone somewhere where they can no longer be seen การหายไป, การสาบสูญ, การสูญหาย
prosecute – to officially accuse someone of a crime and to try to prove them guilty in a court of law ดำเนินคดี ฟ้องร้อง ซักฟอก
key – very important ที่สำคัญ
witness – someone who tells a court or investigators what they know about a crime พยาน
flee (past form: fled) – to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger หนี อพยพ
interview – to ask someone questions in a meeting สัมภาษณ์
Constitution Court – the court that decides whether or not laws follow the constitution ศาลรัฐธรรมนูญ
disallow – to not allow something to be used or done ไม่อนุญาต, ไม่ยอมให้
testimony – a formal statement about something that you say, know or experienced, usually given to a court of law คำให้การ
defendant – someone who has been accused of a crime and is on trial จำเลย
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
unlawful – against the law ไม่ชอบด้วยกฎหมาย, ผิดกฎหมาย
implicate – to show or suggest that someone is involved in something illegal or morally wrong โยงใยถึง, เกี่ยวพันกับ
commissioner – the head of a particular police force in some countries ผู้ตรวจการณ์