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Supreme Court acquits six policemen in killing of teen

THE SUPREME Court has given the benefit of the doubt to all six policemen who had been convicted of killing a 17-year-old suspect during the government’s war on drugs in 2004, reversing the rulings of two lower courts. Their acquittal left the victim’s family stunned. The court of first stance had convicted four defendants of collusion in the killing, one defendant for abusing his authority, and acquitted the other. The Appeal Court convicted four defendants of colluding to kill, and two others of abusing their authority. “I am speechless,” the victim’s aunt, Pikul Promchan, said upon hearing the verdict from the Supreme Court yesterday. Relatives of the defendants, meanwhile, shed tears of joy. “There is just one witness in the case and many parts of her testimony are unreliable and raise suspicion,” the highest court said. ‘Defendants maintained innocence’ The court also took into account the fact that all the six defendants had always maintained their innocence. The defendants worked at the Muang Kalasin Police Station at the time Kiatisak Titboonkrong, a 17-year-old suspected thief, was found dead in a hut in a remote corner of Kalasin province. His relatives insisted they had last seen him at the station. While police said they had already released Kiatisak to freedom prior to his death, his relatives said the teenager had phoned them for help from the station and voiced fear that police were going to kill him. In 2004, the Thaksin Shinawatra-led government declared a war on drugs. Critics said the declaration had led to the deaths of many innocents, while several policemen have attributed the killings to drug traffickers silencing witnesses. In Kalasin province alone, more than 10 people died in suspicious circumstances in 2004. Six policemen from Muang Kalasin Police Station were brought before the court for their alleged role... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Supreme Court acquits six policemen in killing of teen, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Supreme Court acquits six policemen in killing of teen

 

 

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Published By: Samui Times - Friday, 12 October, 2018

 

 

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