BANGKOK – According to Prime Minister’s Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana, there has never been secret jails used by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to detain and torture suspected members of al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups in Thailand?
Regardless of the fact that the a US Senate intelligence committee’s report which includes Thailand as one of the host countries for CIA prisons, Tanyuwattana said it was not true, the National News Bureau of Thailand said.
He has insisted that Thailand does not have any countries that are considered enemies and the government always upheld its sovereignty and abide by laws.
“There have never been cases of bringing in these sort of prisoners. This is something that has been talked about for many years and we have never conducted any illegal activities with the U.S.,” said Suwaphan, a former chief of Thailand’s National Intelligence Agency.
The U.S. Senate report details the role of Thai authorities in capturing Indonesian militant leader Hambali in Ayutthaya, Thailand, in 2003.
Hambali was the head of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militant group and is suspected of involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the bombing of a nightclub on the Indonesian island of Bali the following year in which more than 200 people were killed.
The capture of Hambali is often touted by the U.S. intelligence community as evidence that hard interrogation produces results, although the Senate report quotes the head of the Central Intelligence Agency as saying the agency “stumbled” upon Hambali.
Rather than CIA interrogation, the capture came through email monitoring, a tip off from a CIA source, and Thai investigative activities, the reports stated.