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Following the delivering of a not guilty verdict in the case of five Muslim suspects charged with murder, the judge shoot himself.

The incidence occured on friday in Southern Thailand, the Judge Khanakorn Pianchana shot himself in the chest after acquitting the suspects charged with murder, illegal association and gun-related offence because of insufficient evidence.

The Judge was immediately transported to the hospital, he only sustained injury.

On Saturday, people laid flowers in front of the court in Yala were the shooting occured, Yala is one of the three Muslim-majority southern provinces at the heart of the insurgency that has claimed over 7,000 lives since 2004.

Speaking on the incidence, Suriya Hongwilai, spokesman for the Court of Justice, told Reuters

“He is safe now. We don’t know why he did this, probably his stress from personal issues.
“I confirm that there is no interference in the work of judges. They are independent in making verdicts,”

A resident in the area Ameed Mata also spoke on the unusual incidence describing it as  the judge’s way to pass a message across.

“I don’t think it’s just about the insurgency in the three southernmost provinces, the judge may want to convey a message that there is a problem with the entire judicial system,”

” The insurgency issue is the most intense in the judicial system, his decision was apparently to show Thailand that this problem does exist.

Spokesperson for the court, Suriya Hongwilai said he would report the shooting to the Office of the Judicial Commission on Monday.

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