Thai Judge Shoots Himself in Court, Citing Political Interference

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Thai Judge Shoots Himself in Court, Citing Political Interference

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Thai judge shoots himself in court in apparent suicide bid
Khanakorn Pianchana fires gun after acquitting five men on murder and firearms charges, claiming other judges told him to change verdict
Jamie Fullerton
Sat 5 Oct 2019 06.18 BST
A Thai judge shot himself in the chest in a court in an apparent suicide attempt following complaints about interference in a case he was presiding over.

Khanakorn Pianchana used a pistol to shoot himself in a provincial court in the city of Yala, in southern Thailand, after acquitting five men of murder and firearms charges due to lack of evidence. He underwent surgery following the incident. The Bangkok Post reported his injuries were not life-threatening.

Before the shooting a statement attributed to Khanakorn, widely distributed on social media, claimed that senior judges told him to change his verdicts in the case to guilty. This would have meant sentencing three defendants to death and two to jail.

“At this moment, other fellow judges in Courts of First Instance across the country are being treated the same way as I was. [If] I cannot keep my oath of office, I’d rather die than live without honour,” the statement said.

Khanakorn’s statement sparked concerns that senior judges in Thailand’s justice system were abusing power to get guilty verdicts delivered to suit political goals. ... uicide-bid
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Re: Thai Judge Shoots Himself in Court, Citing Political Interference

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Well that would never happen here.............................. would it? Noooooo .
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Re: Thai Judge Shoots Himself in Court, Citing Political Interference

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Talk about shooting yourself in the foot, uh chest.
Commendable :bow:
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