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Royal Embassy 0 Saudi Arabia Bangkok
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lomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom fThailand have been formally established on 1st of October 1965. The 0 Kingdoms have enjoyed warm and fruitful relations even before the fo al establishment of diplomatic relations, and in 1966 the status of rel ions was upgraded to ambassadorial level. Over the years, several high level visits, including government and pnvate sector delegations exchanged between the two Kingdoms have further strengthened hese relations.
The ingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Thailand
continue sh e common goals, values and views on regional and international . ssues, and continue to work closely and support each other in the United ations under the principles of maintenance of international
. peace and sefurity and development of friendly relations and co-operation among State .
The 0 Kingdoms are also part of a number of international and
regional fo ms, such as the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) and Asia Middle East ialogue (AMED), and the recently formalized GCC-ASEAN Dialogue.
Durin the period 1998 until early 1990, bilateral relations suffered a major setba k in the wake of the jewellery theft case, the murder of one diplomat in 9£, and three others in 1990 in addition to the abduction and murder of tJe Saudi businessman Mohamad AI-Ruwaili in Bangkok in the same year.
In vi w of the inaction and lack of progress in appropriately investigating or concluding any of the above mentioned cases, the Govermnenl of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided to downgrade its diplomatic elations with Thailand, imposed restrictions on Thai labour, barred citiz ns from travelling to Thailand, and minimized high level bilateral co peration in all fields.
Alth ugh several Thai Governments (a total of 17 since the occurrence f the crimes) have expressed their desire to re-investigate the pending S di cases in a bid to restore bilateral relations, none have produced y solid or fruitful results.
In J uary 2009, the current administration of coalition Government Led by the Democratic Party under directives of Prime MinisterAbhisit Vejjajiva c nfirmed "renewed effor.t~:'.to "normalize diplomatic relations with the ngdom of Saudi Arabia py resolving the stolen jewelry casej
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the murder of three Saudi diplomats in 1989 and the case of the disappearance f a Saudi businessman in 1990.", and since all cases have been considere as SPECIAL CASES and given top priority by the relevant Thai a onnes.
In Dece ber 2009 the DSI concluded that it has collected new vital evidence in th case of disappearance of the Saudi Businessman and forwarded reeo endations to the. office of the attorney general (OAG) and accusing 5 olice officers of killing Mr. Al Rwaili. On 29 December 2009 the office of the attorney general postponed its decision on the case until January 2 10.
On 12 anuary 2010, the OAG Special Cases Division panel considering the case agreed that evidence gathered by the Department of Special Investi ation (DSI) was sufficient to try the case and decided to prosecute five police officers on charges of unlawful detention of another perso , premeditated murder and trying to conceal a crime plus a number of other minor charges related to the abduction and murder of the r.audi Businessman Mohammad Al-Ruwaily as follows in this "unoffi ial translation oftbe OAG documents:
inal Case No. Black 0[.119/2553 inal Court
Case filed on: 12 anuary 2010
Prosecutor: Pu lie Prosecutor in charge of Special Cases 1 Of ce of the Attorney General
Defendants: PoLLt.Gen. Somkid Bunthanorn (aged 57) 1 st Defendant
Po .CoL Sorarak or Sornchai Jusanith (aged 53) 2nd Defendant
Po .CoL Prapas Piyamongkal (aged 52) 3rd Defendant
Po .Lt.Col. Suradej Udommanee (aged 64) .4111 Defendant
Po .Sgt.Major Prasong Torrang (aged 50) "Sth Defendant
Joint parti ipation in having other person purposely retained causing him dead; joint participationin the premeditated murder of other person with the purpose to conceal his own fault as well as others, and also to avoid being prosecuted for the crime ey have committed ...
The five defendants above were all present at the OAG to hear the charges agains them, and subsequently were transferred to the Cn . al Court for furt er legal procedures against. Their lawyers later file requests with t e Bangkok Criminal court to seek bail, also the Bangkok
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Criminal Cou initially scheduled the first hearing for March 29 2010 and later postpon d to 26 November 2010.
The B gkok Criminal Court hence has accepted the criminal case against the fi e defendants as evident in partial unofficial translation of the document of e court below:
Black Case No. Or. 119/2553 Criminal Court
Dated: 12 January 2010
In the matter 0 :
Public Prosecu or in charge of Special Cases 1, Office of the Attorney
General Pr secutor
PoLLt.Gen. So Id Bunthanom 151 Defendant, et al,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. . " Defendants
Joint partl cipation in having other person purposely retained causing him dead; joint P5'CiPation in the premeditated murder of other person with the purpose to eonce his own fault as well as others) and also to avoid being prosecuted for the crime they have committed. "
The request filFd by the OAG being:
"Request attached to Criminal Charge
Conduct and acti ns of the five Defendants as described in this Charge are deemed by the Prosecutor commission of offences according to the law and the provisions prescribed in the enal Code Setions 288. 289, 309, 310, 83 and 91; s well as Section 4 of the Penal Cod Amendment Act (No.6) B.E. 2526.
May the Court ndly consider having them punished according to the law and kindly give an order for the seized item to be returned to the rightful heir of Mr. Mohammad Al-Ruwaily."
xo)'al Embassy of Saudi Arabia Bangkok
In this espect the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Bangkok whishes to ref r to the the Policy Statement delivered by H. E. the Prime Minister of T ail and Abhisit Vejjajiva to the National Assembly on 29th December B .. 2551 (2008), which includes regarding Law and Justice that;
"' 8.2 La and Justice process
8.2.2 D velop the judicial for the administration of justice that is efficient, trans arent and fair to all groups;"
and; ~cle 95 of the Thai National Police Act 2547 B.B. any police officer who i alleged of or charged with breaching severe discipline or committing a riminal act will be ordered to quit his post temporarily until the legal proceedings have been completed.
Having sighted the above mentioned issues, The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia express it grave concerns and expresses its astonishments with regard t
the promotion of promote to the rank of Assistant National Police Chief, Pol. Lt. Gen. Somkid Boonthanom Commissioner of Provincial Police of Region (5) based in Chiang Mai.
the position of some Thai Government officials defending the promotion of Pol Lt. Gen. Somkid asserting information that is not wholly or necessarily complete with regard to the circumstances of the promotion or the state of the criminal case against the defents in the case of Mr. Al-Rwiali.
The oyal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Bangkok, urges the T i authorities to review its decisions regarding the defendant in the Saudi case until proven by the court of law innocent or guilty in the charges pre sed against him and the other four police officers, due to the importance f the three pending cases in continuing efforts and attempts by both countri s to solve issues directly affecting restoring bilateral relations.
Final y, The Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Bangkok re terates that in compliance with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's finn policy on non-interference in the internal affairs of any nation, and despite be' g aware of the currently tremendous political sensitivity in the
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Kingdom of Thailand, however, anticipates fulfillment of commitments made by the ai Government to ensure the course of justice, transparency and none int rference are applied in the cases concerning the Kingdom of Saudi Arab a. While maintaining the pledges of the Royal Thai Government under the directives of H.E.· the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to olve all the pending Saudi cases in order to pave the way to improve bil ral relation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of hailand.