THAI POLICE KILL STUDENT IN SHOOTOUT THEN FLEE THE SCENE – The Royal Thai Police set up a sting operation in the Chonburi Province, some two hour drive outside of Bangkok, in order to arrest known drug dealers.
As officers went to arrest the drug dealers they quickly realized what was happening and sped off in their car.
Police officers gave chase and opened fire on the vehicle throughout the pursuit. As the car came to a halt several men exited the vehicle and attempted to get away on foot. Two men were quickly arrested and placed in police custody.
As police began to assess the scene they discovered Ms. Sunisa Dokdue, a 22 year old student of Burapha University. Ms. Dokdue was slumped on the back seat with a gunshot wound to her neck which killed her instantly.
Police Sergeant Suriyan and Police Sergeant Wattana then fled the scene but later gave themselves up at a local police station. Both police officers have been charged with intentional manslaughter and reckless execution of their duties as police officers.
Both police officers, in their defence, reported that gunfire was coming from the back seat of the vehicle where only Ms. Dokdue was present. There are no reports of a firearm being located anywhere in the back of the vehicle.
Forensics have firmly establish that the bullet that killed Ms. Dokdue did come from the firearm of one of the officers; it is not yet clear which of the officers was responsible.
Ms. Dokdue’s mother now intends to press charges against both police officers; her decision to do so was after lighting an incense stick in which she summoned her dead daughter’s spirit in order to ask her what justice she would like.
This type of incident is certainly not unusual in Thailand, with drugs being smuggled in from Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Burma, plus internal production, it is almost impossible for the Thai authorities to bring drug peddling and consumption under control.
During the term of Prime Minister Thaskin Shinawatra he declared open war on drugs which resulted in the killing of over 2,500 people; many of these were believed to be innocent and yet to date no police officer has ever been charged with the crime of murder.
Thaskin Shinawatra, a convicted criminal now in self-imposed exile to avoid prison, is believed to be the one controlling the current Government lead by the Prime Minister and his sister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Crime in Thailand, especially violent crime involving guns and knives, is rampant. Over the past few years there have been dozens of tourists caught up in drug and other related crime resulting in serious injury or in some cases death.
Whilst many foreigners, on the outside, view Thailand as a peaceful and gentle Buddhist society this is merely a façade for an extremely violent and crime ridden society.
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