NHRC member Niran Pitakwatchara said an autopsy report concluding that Mr Akeyuth was not strangled or squeezed at the throat to death as told by investigative authorities but that the victim was asphyxiated by professional killers.
The autopsy found three bruises on Mr Akeyuth’s nose, tongue and tissue on the left neck – signs of asphyxiation -- and there were wounds on his right shoulder and left scapula as a result of his resistance to an attack from behind, said Dr Niran.
Two wounds on his wrists and heels were due to his confinement in a small space, barring him from fighting for freedom, he said.
Dr Niran said the transport of Mr Akeyuth’s body from Bangkok to Phatthalung and later from Khao Jingjo in Phatthalung to Bangkok for autopsy was well prepared by professional accomplices while his body was wrapped by a person specialised in the technique.
He said Mr Akeyuth’s family has doubted the investigation process by metropolitan police and filed a complaint with the Central Investigation Police Command, asking for a change in the investigation committee.
He said police have failed to cooperate with the NHRC’s fact-finding request, stressing the NHRC’s authority under the constitution and obligation to find justice for the complainant.
“The NHRC is not investigating the case. It is merely checking the police’s investigation to ensure that they told the truth. The commission will submit a report to the national police chief as stipulated in Section 257 of the constitution. It’s the national police chief’s judgement whether he will take the NHRC’s report into consideration,” said Dr Niran.
Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, inspector general of the Justice Ministry, said it was clear from the autopsy that Mr Akeyuth was restrained from breathing, and not strangled to death as told by the suspects.
“Mr Akeyuth’s case is a good example of Thai people’s indifference to the justice system and it lacks transparency in the investigation process,” Dr Pornthip said.