Ex-uni rector claims police intimidation

Ex-uni rector claims police intimidation

Charnvit: Wants charges pressed
Charnvit: Wants charges pressed

Former Thammasat University rector, Charnvit Kasetsiri, has called on the national police chief to investigate several off-duty policemen over harassment allegations.

Mr Charnvit, and his lawyer Krisadang Nutcharat, on Monday submitted an official letter to Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk at the Royal Thai Police Headquarters, urging police to investigate his claim that he has been followed by four off-duty policemen.

The letter said the four men, who dressed like off-duty officers, drove a pick-up truck with a concealed licence plate to Mr Charnvit's residence at a condominium in Taling Chan district on March 22. Two of them entered the residential jurisdiction office and claimed that they were policemen but did not show ID.

They showed a picture of Mr Charnvit to staff and allegedly asked if he was in his room. The staff told them Mr Charnvit was out and they were then asked to take the two men to Mr Charnvit's room upstairs. They claimed officers took pictures of Mr Charnvit's room before leaving.

Mr Charnvit said the two men told the staff they were investigating him because of his political activities, including his support for political reform as advocated by youth movements.

Mr Charnvit added that the incident violates criminal law because it conveys threats and invades his rights. He urged the national police chief to clarify whether the men were police officers and press charges against them.

He said that he was now worried about his own safety. He added that he needed to make what had occurred public because it has also happened to many others. He expressed hope that such intimidation does not happen to any more activists.

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