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Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled that convicted murderer Nawat Tohcharoensuk is no longer a member of Parliament, effective as of October 16.

Nawat was found guilty in Khon Kaen in September of arranging the murder of a local official six years ago. He was sentenced to death and ordered to pay 300,000 baht for the victim’s funeral.

His request for bail pending an appeal was rejected.

MP removed after murder conviction | News by Thaiger

Photo: chiangraitimes

Nawat ordered the murder because the victim was having an affair with his wife, according to the court.

The 52 year old former MP hired five people, including two former policemen, to kill Suchart Khotethum. Suchart was an assistant chief of the Khon Kaen provincial government

Suchart was shot dead in front of his home on May 3, 2013, as he was leaving for work.

Nawat has also been accused of ordering an assault on a fellow Pheu Thai MP on Sept 10.

SOURCE: chiangraitimes.com

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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