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Six sentenced to death over last year’s Krabi murder of eight family members

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PHOTO: The Worayuth Sunglung family murdered over a Land Deed argument in Krabi last year

The Krabi Provincial Court has sentenced “Bang Fut” and five others to death for the execution-style murders of eight members of the one family in Krabi that shocked the country last year.

The ruling of the court was overseen by the Royal Thai Police commissioner Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda in a packed court room. The families of the victims and the defendants were also present at the sentencing hearing today amid tight security. There were over 100 people gathered to hear today’s sentence handed down by the presiding Judge.

The court sentenced the six convicts to death saying that the murders were brutal. The Judge believed there was no reason to commute the sentence. The six had confessed to the crime. The case had compiled more than 2,000 pages of evidence and notes relating to the murders.

Those sentenced to death were 42 year old Bang Fut (Surifath Bannopwongsakul) who the Court said was the mastermind behind the murders of Krabi village head Worayuth Sunglung and seven of his family members on July 10 last year.

30 year old Abdullah Doloh, 41 year old Komsan Wiangnon, 36 year old Prajak Boontoy, 29 year old Arun Thongkham and 41 year old Thanachai Jamming were also convicted of the murder and sentenced to death.

In the court reading today the judge said that Bang Fut had a dispute with Worayuth over land-title deeds. According to the evidence, the deeds were initially submitted as collateral for loans. Worayuth repaid the debts but Bang Fut refused to return the deeds.

Evidence presented showed that Bang Fut had planned to kill the father, Worayuth and had already tried twice before.

Two other defendants, Tawatchai Boonkong and Chalita Sangchote were given a one year and 9 month sentence and a one year sentence, respectively, for their participation in the crime.

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US President Trump rejected again by appeals court upon challenging election results

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US President Donald Trump’s legal team has been rejected again by a Philadelphia appeals court upon challenging the state’s election results. Despite the court dismissing the case, citing the “campaign’s claims have no merit,” Trump’s lawyers are vowing to appeal to the Supreme Court. Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, who is also the 3rd Circuit Judge, wrote for the 3 judge panel, which was all appointed by Republican presidents.

“Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”

Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s lawyers, argued the case last week in a lower court for 5 hours, insisting that the election was marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania. But Guiliani failed to offer any proof of such fraud. Furthermore, US District Judge Matthew Brann, a fellow Republican, said the campaign’s complaint was filled with errors and denied Giuliani the right to amend the complaint for a second time calling any revisions “futile.”

“Like Frankenstein’s Monster, has been haphazardly stitched together……”

Bibas also denied the campaign’s request to stop the state from certifying its results in a demand that he reportedly called “breathtaking.”

“Voters, not lawyers, choose the president. Ballots, not briefs, decide elections.”

Pennsylvania officials announced Tuesday that they had certified their vote count for President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated Trump by more than 80,000 votes in the state. But despite their findings, Trump says he hopes the Supreme Court will intervene in the race as it did in 2000, when it stopped the recount in Florida, giving the election to George W. Bush. Trump posted a tweet on November 5 asserting his faith in the Supreme Court:

The “U.S. Supreme Court should decide!”

Trump and his allies have repeatedly said the election was flawed and filed a flurry of lawsuits to try to block the results in six battleground states. But judges have not taken the bait as almost all have dismissed the complaints about the security of mail-in ballots, who were largely Democratic-leaning. Brann also voiced his opinion by saying evidence of such fraud has not been put forward by Trump’s legal team.

“One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption.”

Trump said for the first time on Thursday, that he would leave the White House on January 20 if the Electoral College formalises Biden’s win. Despite his apparent admission of an election that may reveal a winner other than him, Trump took to Twitter on Friday citing Detroit, Atlanta and other largely Democratic cities as the sources of “massive voter fraud.” Furthermore, he claimed, without evidence, that a Pennsylvania poll watcher had uncovered computer memory drives that “gave Biden 50,000 votes” apiece.

It seems his time to challenge the outcome of the elections is waning, as all 50 states must certify their results before December 14 with any challenges needing to be resolved by December 8. As of now, Biden has won both the Electoral College and popular vote by large margins.

SOURCE: AP News

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Thai netizens say pro-government royalists carried out Wednesday’s protest shootings

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Thailand’s netizens are refuting police’s claims that pro-democracy protesters carried out Wednesday’s rally shootings. The shootings occurred at the rally site near Bangkok’s Siam Commerical Bank head office, where the rally site was originally planned but was then moved after protesters tried to avoid a clash with pro-government royalists. However, shots were fired, with police arresting a suspect on charges of attempted murder, shooting in public without reason, and carrying a firearm in public.

The netizens found footage of the scene, in which they say they identified the faces of the offenders. The revelation came after Deputy Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Piya Tawichai blamed Ratsadon guards for the shootings and injuries.

Meanwhile, the pro-democracy leaders have been called into questionby donors to the movement, as they have criticised how the leaders have used the donations, when a guard was shot and injured. Netizens took to social media to ask what “fairy godmother” Inthira “Sine” Charoenpura and Pakorn “Hia Bung” Pornchewangkurn were buying with the donation money with some online comments mentioning the display of yellow ducks and props as a poor use of donation funds. Some criticisers pointed towards using the donations to buy protective gear for protesters after the shootings occurred, prompting the 2 leaders to issue a statement that they would now use such funds for the injured guards.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai protests to continue in full force into December in line with symbolic calendar events

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The pro-democracy protests are set to continue well into December, according to Thai security officials. Officials have been preparing to cope with a rise in anti-government activities as symbolic calendar events are coming up. Today the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group says a protest will take place outside the 1st Infantry Battalion on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in Phaya Thai District, giving credit to the predictions that there will no end in sight to the protests.

Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, a secretary to PM’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai, made the announcement yesterday in light of the Constitutional Court being set to pass a ruling this Wednesday on whether PM Prayut is guilty of occupying a house that is meant for military officials.

Prayut is accused by the opposition of engaging in the conflict of interest by occupying the army residence. Such a move should have ended with his army chief tenure in 2014, according to critics.

Following the upcoming ruling on Wednesday, the symbolic calendar event of Constitution Day falls on December 10, a day which will ignite more protests as one of the main demands of pro-democracy demonstrators is to have a new Thai charter, along with the resignation of Prayut and reform of the Thai monarchy.

But despite the anticipated rise in rallies, security officials have ruled out the possibility of a military coup. Critics remain sceptical as many demonstrators claim the government has put police on the front lines of the protests, dressed in yellow shirts, in an attempt to spark a clash to pave the way for a coup. The current PM, when he was the head of the Thai Army in 2014, also said there would be “no coup” against the elected Yingluck Shinawatra government. A month later the NCPO led a bloodless coup and installed Prayut Chan-o-cha as the interim prime minister.

Piya Tawichai, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, says protesters yesterday gathered near the Imperial World Samrong shopping mall in Samut Prakan before marching to the Bang Na intersection to rally, partially blocking the road. According to Kissana Phathanacharoen, the deputy spokesman for the national police, the protesters did not obtain permission for staging the rally.

Some protesters also reportedly spray-painted traffic police kiosks with messages that criticised the police for “ditching the people,” and smashed kiosk windows. Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a protest leader, posted on Facebook yesterday that she has been summoned for violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, which bans anyone from criticising the King which states:

“Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.”

Rung says she believes the summons is linked to the September 10 anti-government rally.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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