Court Dismisses Request for Emergency Trial to Find Missing Karen Activist

Karen activists staged a rally at Chiang Mai City Hall urging authorities to swiftly investigate the disappearance of Billy, April 2014.

(Prachatai English)

BANGKOK – The Appeal Court has dismissed a request to hold an emergency trial to find ‘Billy’, a Karen human rights activist who disappeared in April 2014, citing lack of evidence.

The Appeal Court on Friday dismissed the request to hold an emergency trial under Article 90 of the Criminal Procedure Code to investigate the alleged unlawful detention of Porlajee Rakchongcharoen, aka Billy, a Karen human and community rights activist, who disappeared on 17 April 2014.

The court reasoned that the evidence which could prove that Billy is still under detention is insufficient.

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