Phuket

Police officer faces murder charges for death of Rohingya detainee

PHANG NGA: Police are preparing to file charges of murder with intent against a police officer who shot a Rohingya man after a group of 21 Rohingya men escaped from Phang Nga Immigration Detention Center early Monday morning. (story here).

“According to witnesses, Muhammad Kornee, 18, threw a big rock at one of the officers and the officer used his gun to defend himself,” said Capt Chatree Pienkayai of the Phang Nga City Police.

“Charges of attempted murder will also be brought against the deceased Rohingya man.”

Eleven of the Rohingya escapees were captured on Monday and three more yesterday, leaving six of the detainees still on the run.

The Muslims for Peace Foundation took the body of the dead Rohingya man to Phuket to conduct a funeral for him. The foundation will also inform the man’s relatives of his death.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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