A judge shot in himself in the chest Friday after giving a not guilty verdict to five suspects who were charged with murder in the southern province of Yala.
According to Reuters, Khanakorn Pianchana shot in himself in the chest after he acquitted five Muslim suspects who were charged with murder, illegal association and gun-related crimes due to a lack of evidence. Pianchana was reportedly pressured to change his decision to a guilty verdict by his superiors. If he changed his verdict, three of the men would face the death penalty and two would be sent to prison.
He faced a similar case where he was apparently pressured to lighten the sentences for three soldiers who killed a civilian because he was informed that they were only performing their state duties.
A Office of Judiciary spokesperson of the courtroom said Pianchana shot himself due to stress from his personal life. After the suicide attempt, he was rushed to a local hospital and did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.
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Khanakorn posted a 25-page statement on his Facebook page before his shooting but the document was not found by Friday evening. The statement details his concerns for national security and discussed topics relating to conspiracies and gun-law offenses.
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