In the southern province of Pattani, Thailand, Police Major General Natthakarn Kanjanaphorn, the Provincial Police Commander, has directly addressed concerns raised by the legal representative for a local resident, Paeng Nahonod. The concerns pivoted on a police search of Paeng's family residence, which was said to have bypassed legal procedures.
Details of the Search and Complaint
Chatchawal Bamrungwong, the lawyer representing Paeng Nahonod, issued a power of attorney obtained from Paeng's family. This document was submitted to Assistant Minister of State at the Deputy Prime Minister's Office, Major General Thana Krit Chittarariyarat. The submission sought justice and communicated apprehension for the safety of Paeng's family. The complaint detailed that the police officers involved in the home search had not adhered to legal protocols and had barred family members from taking photographs of the officers.
In response to these allegations, Pol. Maj. Gen. Natthakarn confirmed that the officers were in possession of a court warrant, which authorized the search. The search was part of an ongoing investigation to apprehend an escapee with multiple arrest warrants. The Police Commander reiterated the commitment of his force to ensuring the safety of citizens, negating the notion of intimidation of Paeng's family. He, however, noted that full details of the complaint were not yet available to him, thereby limiting his ability to provide a comprehensive explanation.
Photographing a Search
Addressing the issue raised about photographing a search, Natthakarn stated that, in general, it is permissible for members of the public to photograph such operations. However, he added that in cases where personal rights are involved, officers may request the cooperation of those present to refrain from taking pictures, highlighting the nuanced balance between transparency and privacy in police procedures.