Connect with us


Outrage at escape from murder rap

Legacy Phuket Gazette



Outrage at escape from murder rap | Thaiger

BANGKOK (AFP): The Thaksin government’s failure to apprehend the son of a widely distrusted politician has exposed glaring flaws in Thai democracy. Murder suspect Doungchalerm Yubamrung, a junior army officer and the son of a prominent member of Thaksin’s coalition government, has been on the run for a week since a police officer was shot dead in cold blood at a Bangkok nightclub. Witnesses say that Doungchalerm, a notorious troublemaker whose late-night antics have frequently made newspaper headlines, fired the fatal shot after a heated argument. But his father, Chalerm Yubamrung, swears his son is innocent, and pins the blame on a mysterious “friend” who was also named as the guilty party in previous violent scuffles involving Doungchalerm and his two older brothers. The extraordinary case has roused a strong reaction from the Thai public and political commentators, who are infuriated at the prospect of the scion of an influential family escaping justice. “The whole world is laughing at us,” The Nation newspaper lamented this morning, noting that the authorities had treated the case with “kid gloves” thanks to Chalerm’s extensive connections among the government and the military. And Chalerm himself confirms that his son will hide out “until the charges are dropped,” admitting that he (Chalerm) would “help him get away if I can.” “To the public, the whole thing smacks of a sham – a broad-based conspiracy and a charade which makes the government look bad due to the failure of the legal apparatus,” The Nation noted. The Bangkok Post said the scandal was “the last straw” for a country long suffering from instances where privilege and position are used to shield the guilty. “This is a dark side to Thai society that cannot be denied,” it noted today. “There is concern that dark political influences will again extend their hands to protect the Yubamrung son.” The Thai-language Matichon newspaper said the case had lifted a thin veneer of democracy to expose the “mafia families” which control Thai society and government. “[Some citizens] wish they had not been born in Thailand, so sick are they of hearing about the evil deeds committed by influential politicians, and their family members, that go unpunished,” it said.


Want more from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates

Leave a comment below or join the discussion on Thaiger Talk Forums.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Myanmar1 hour ago

Burmese military media outlets say ethnic army killed 25 workers

Thailand3 hours ago

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says drug suppression should to be a national priority

Thailand4 hours ago

Purchases of fancy street lamps being investigated for possible corruption

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Thailand5 hours ago

Thailand News Today | BKK parks re-open… nearly, tropical storm, airport security upgrade | June 14

Thailand5 hours ago

Missing fisherman’s body found in sea off Nakhon Si Thammarat

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

CCSA: We’re out of vaccines

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Ayutthaya hospital to test all staff for Covid after 18 test positive

Thailand6 hours ago

13 teenagers arrested in Chon Buri for partying, gathering

Crime7 hours ago

Crime Suppression Division seizes dozens of illegal firearms in a series of raids

Crime7 hours ago

Marijuana valued at 10 million baht seized in Nakhon Phanom, 2 arrested

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 3,355 new cases, provincial totals

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Almost 100% of teachers and staff vaccinated in Bangkok

Thailand9 hours ago

Almost 8 million register for stimulus scheme, app briefly goes down

Best of9 hours ago

Top 5 best temples in Bangkok

Thailand9 hours ago

Good Morning Thailand | What’s happening in Pattaya, Phuket sandbox, reopening for tourism

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8