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Offline Johnnie F.

Thailand Police Get Death Penalty In Drug War Killing

BANGKOK -- A Thai court Monday sentenced three police officers to death for killing a teenager during a much-criticized drug crackdown by the government eight years ago.

The officers were found guilty Monday of killing a 17-year-old student in Kalasin province in the northeast in 2004 and moving his body to conceal the cause of death.

The killing took place under former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's government, which declared a crackdown on the drug trade to stem an influx of methamphetamine. Rights activists allege it resulted in more than 2,000 extrajudicial killings.

The Criminal Court also sentenced a former deputy police district commander to life in prison for the boy's murder and the former district commander was given a seven-year jail term for abuse of authority. One police officer was acquitted.

Few criminal cases involving alleged abuses during the Thaksin government's drug war have reached court, and fewer still have resulted in guilty verdicts.

Thailand carries out the death penalty infrequently, with just a handful of executions in the past decade.

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Re: Thailand Police Get Death Penalty In Drug War Killing
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2012, 10:48:56 AM »
Wont  happen no doubt, always  looks good though.


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Re: Thailand Police Get Death Penalty In Drug War Killing
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012, 11:06:05 AM »
8 years to reach a verdict .......Amazing Thailand
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Re: Thailand Police Get Death Penalty freed on bail
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2012, 11:11:51 AM »
Condemned officers, two others freed on bail

The Nation August 1, 2012 1:00 am

Five policemen convicted of killing a teenage boy as part of a government crackdown on narcotics during the first Thaksin Shinawatra government were yesterday granted temporary releases on bail.
Bail was set at Bt1 million for each policeman, and they are restricted from going abroad.

Three were sentenced to death, one to a life term and one for seven years. Criminal Court chief justice Thawee Prachuablarb said although the sentences were death penalties and a life term, a presiding judge could grant releases based on his own judgement and the convicts' indicating they would not flee.

Meanwhile, international rights groups have cheered the convictions in the extra-judicial killing cases, according to Deutsche Presse Agentur.

"This is an important step for the court to convict this group of police officers, who have been known for many years for their scary record on human rights violations," said Sunai Pasuk, from the New York-based Human Rights Watch.

The Bangkok Criminal Court handed down the death penalty on Monday for the three senior police sergeant-majors in the murder of Kiattisak Thitboonkrong, 17, in 2004 at the peak of a government-declared "war on drugs."

The sergeant-majors' commander, Pol Lieutenant Summit Nunsathit, was sentenced to life in prison for premeditated murder and Pol Colonel Montri Boonlue received seven years for abuse of authority for protecting his subordinates.

Kiattisak, who was found hanged in his cell, was one of an estimated 2,800 people killed during the crackdown on drug trafficking in 2003-2004.

"There were more than 20 murders allegedly linked to this police group," Sunai said. Monday’s convictions were the most serious sentences against police officers for abuses during the crackdown, which earned Thailand widespread criticism among human rights groups.

Amnesty International, however, criticised the death sentences, which the group opposes in all cases.
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Re: Thailand Police Get Death Penalty In Drug War Killing
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2012, 11:22:42 AM »
Isn't it rather unusual for someone given the death penalty to be released on bail?
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Thailand Police Get Death Penalty In Drug War Killing
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2012, 11:45:48 AM »
Isn't it rather unusual for someone given the death penalty to be released on bail?

If those "cops-on-death-row" do jump bail no questions will be asked anymore about enforcing the sentences...and the positive publicity effect of the sentences will remain.
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Offline thaiga

Re: Thailand Police Get Death Penalty In Drug War Killing
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2012, 12:16:59 PM »
Witnesses in the killer cop case are scared for their lives after the policemen go free on bail despite a death sentence. Ask for protection

 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/crimes/305321/kalasin-killer-cops-free-on-bail
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Re: Thailand Police Get Death Penalty In Drug War Killing
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2015, 11:05:24 AM »
8 years to reach a verdict .......Amazing Thailand
Going on 11 years now ::)

Appeals court upholds death penalty for two Kalasin policemen

The Court of Appeals yesterday upheld the death sentences for two Kalasin policemen

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