11 convicted for detaining, raping girl in Phang Nga

THE CRIMINAL Court yesterday convicted all 11 defendants for detaining and gang-raping a girl in their hometown in Phang Nga province for several months in 2016. Of the convicts, seven received life imprisonment, while the remainder got lengthy jail terms ranging from 15 to 45 years. The court also ordered them to pay Bt18 million in compensation to the victim, now 16, and her mother. The compensation will include interest at 7.5 per cent a year since the day the case was filed with the court on June 15 last year. “We are satisfied with the verdict,” said Hanif Yongstar, secretary-general and lawyer with the Muslim for Peace Foundation. “But we will continue our fight to bring other culprits to justice too.” According to the victim, she was sexually violated by more than 40 men between May and December 2016, but could not remember all the assailants’ faces because she...


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