Published on January 31, 2008
The alleged female victim was a young drug suspect who was sent to the Bangkok Special Prison in 2005. All the defendants had worked there.
According to an affidavit, the 23-year-old woman told her husband she had been sexually assaulted six days before. She then lodged a complaint with the police 23 days later. By then, a physical examination did not show traces of a sexual attack.
In response to a question by the lawyer for the defendants, the woman said she did not cry out for help during the alleged assault.
The defendants were Parinya Daengsai, Praput Wongwian, Chaiyos Prom-thong and Pichet Chiewchuey. They insisted they had never seen her before she lodged the complaint against them.
The court said the woman was not involved in any conflict to cause her to lodge allegations against the officials and there was no evidence to back the accusations.
On whether Pichit would file a complaint against the woman, he said: "I will consult my supervisor first".
About 40 female colleagues of Pichet showed up at the courtroom to offer him and the other defendants moral support.