Thai judge dies after second suicide attempt

The Thai judge who attempted suicide in court during October 2019, has died after shooting himself in the heart. Judge Khanakorn Pianchana was protesting at what he said was interference in a politically-charged trial over which he presided. His death last month has been marked by statements of sympathy and concern by a number of international human rights organisations.

Judge Khanakorn Pianchana, 50, had been serving as deputy presiding judge of the Yala Provincial Court.

In October 2019 he made world headlines when he claimed to have been ordered by a more senior judge to re-write a decision in which he acquitted five people charged with murder. Judge Khanakorn found there was not enough evidence to convict the men. They had allegedly been connected with an insurgency in the south of the country.

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