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No mercy! Death sentence handed down to EIGHT Thais despite admissions of guilt

 

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The court in Chiang Mai has ordered the death sentence for all eight suspects in a case where almost 500 kilos of crystal meth was seized in November of last year. 

 

The court decided that so grave was the crime and so bad was the impact on society and the country as a whole that despite the fact seven of the defendants admitted their guilt no mercy should be shown. 

 

An admission of guilt and help in an inquiry usually commutes a death sentence to a life term, notes Thaivisa.

 

Giving details of the case Pol Maj-Gen Phichet Jiranantasin, Chiang Mai provincial police chief, said that on the 3rd of November the first two suspects, Yothin and Phan were stopped in a Toyota Altis at a drugs checkpoint in Sop Prap sub-district of Lampang.

 

They were in the lookout or lead vehicle. 

 

Behind them were four more suspects called Wirot, Thanawat, Thanadol and Ithiphon who had the drugs. They were in a Fortuner and an MG. 

 

They fled the scene but were rounded up on the morning of the 4th November holed up in a curtain hotel (short time sex establishment) in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai. 

 

The inquiry was expanded and resulted in the arrest of a man called Em and a woman called Natjitra who was the owner of the drugs.

 

Police recovered 495 kilos of "ice" or crystal methamphetamine that was bound for Bangkok. 

 

Thanadol denied charges of possessing meth with intent to sell but he and all the other suspects were found guilty on that charge. 

 

The court decided that leniency was not warranted even though seven of the defendants admitted their guilt.

 

Thailand reportedly has more than 500 prisoners on death row, notes Thaivisa.

 

The last time the sentence was carried out was more than two years ago in June 2018 when a convicted murderer was given a lethal injection. Before that it had been nine years since the ultimate sanction had been carried out. 

 

Execution by firing squad - that saw more than 300 shot since 1935 - was discontinued in 2003. 

 

Thirty five crimes can warrant the death sentence. 

 

Earlier this week the armed robber Prasitthichai - a former school director - was sentenced to death after killing three people including a 2 year old child during the Aurora gold shop heist in Lopburi in February.

 

Source: Sanook

 

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3 hours ago, JoePai said:

Excellent news - carry out sentence tomorrow please

Have you not thought of the valuable investigative tool that admission provides in netting additional criminals and avoiding unnecessary bloodshed? If criminals believe that if they are caught, they are for the chop no matter what, why not just shoot it out - it might give them a chance to escape and if they take a few men in brown with them, all the better (or so they might think).

 

If caught red-handed, police have nothing to bargain with in order to try to get the co-conspirators. And so they will go free. Is that what you want?

 

Besides, if you give it a thought, which would you prefer - life in a Thai prison (where life really means life) or a small scratch in the arm and oblivion? I know what I would prefer. The real punishment is life in prison.

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4 hours ago, rooster59 said:

on the 3rd of November the first two suspects, Yothin and Phan were stopped in a Toyota Altis at a drugs checkpoint in Sop Prap sub-district of Lampang.

 

Appearing ordinary was the critical error....if they all had been driving high end Mercedes' like other important criminals (with motorcycle escorts and maybe wearing official-looking Dr. Evil outfits) they never would have been stopped.

 

 

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30 minutes ago, Bob12345 said:

Doubt it, as thailand already has the death sentence and they still committed the crime.

Who cares if it sends a message or not. Put them down and save the taxpayers the cost of keeping them in jail. The moral of this tale is if you don't want to face a death sentence, don't sell hard drugs. Seems such a simple choice to me.

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3 minutes ago, jesimps said:

 The moral of this tale is if you don't want to face a death sentence, don't sell hard drugs. Seems such a simple choice to me.

I totally agree. Sell harmless drugs like LSD or MDMA, not killing drugs like meth or cocaine.

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Yes” excellent news. More severe punishments for shooters/maniac killers and drug dealing scums should reduce the temptation that only brings misery to families.

Gets my vote all the way

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4 minutes ago, Pedrogaz said:

I'm sure this will be commuted to life imprisonment on appeal or pardon. Thailand does not want o be seen by the EU as a murderous state.

"murderous state" ... yeh on top of everything else they are seen to be 

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59 minutes ago, RichardColeman said:

Only to the low hanging fruit

Exactly the folks at the top will continue to rake in the profits with impunity as, historically they always have done!

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5 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Earlier this week the armed robber Prasitthichai - a former school director - was sentenced to death after killing three people including a 2 year old child during the Aurora gold shop heist in Lopburi in February.

In too many farang countries he would have been a free man in a decade, give or take a few years.

Lets hope THAILAND doesnt get infected with these liberal ideas but stays strong and fair.

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Death inflicted on willful murderers can be supported.
But not for traffickers and other legal offenses.
The sentence will not be applied and the guilty will be pardoned in 10 or 15 years.
So much the better.

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This drug is a potential killer, it devastates victims, families, friends and the wider community. many crimes are committed to pay for these drugs which the victims crave for.

Time to get tough.

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