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Families of 27 Korat victims to get 1 million baht

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam - Matichon

Families of 27 of the people killed in last Saturday’s mass shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima will receive a million baht in compensation from the government. Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, who chairs a committee to decide such settlements, said today that no money has been earmarked for two of the fatalities, over which there is a “dispute,” or for the family of the gunman, a rogue soldier slain by police.

Those wounded will receive compensation based on the seriousness of their injuries, either 200,000 or 100,000 baht. There are 29 victims in each category. Families of each of the police officers and other military personnel who died in the tragedy get 3 million baht.

The money is to be transferred to all the recipients starting tomorrow. Wissanu says he wants all payments completed within seven days.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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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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