NEW DELHI: A judge at the Yala court in southern Thailand Friday shot himself in a packed courtroom after acquitting five Muslim suspects charged for murder and denouncing the justice system prevailing in the predominantly Buddhist country.
Muang Yala district police authorities said that Khanakorn Pianchana shot himself in the chest after acquitting the suspects charged with murder, and gun-related offences in teh absence of sufficient evidence.
Pianchana, according to district police chief Narawi Waearong, survived the gunshot, and was immediately rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, and is now out of danger.
Meanwhile, on Saturday local residents laid flowers in front of the court in Yala, one of the three Muslim-dominated southern provinces in Thailand.
Back in 1997, the country’s constitution guaranteed basic civil rights and an independent judicial system. However, there were many instances when human rights activists criticised Thailand over unlawful detainees.