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Thai police get death penalty in drug war killing

Last Updated: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 19:50

Bangkok: A court has sentenced three police officers to death for killing a teenager during a much-criticised drug crackdown by Thailand`s government eight years ago.

The officers were found guilty on Monday of killing a 17-year-old student in Kalasin province in the northeast and moving his body to conceal the cause of death.

The killing took place under former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra`s government, which declared a crackdown on the drug trade to stem an influx of methamphetamine.

Rights activists allege it resulted in more than 2,000 extrajudicial killings.

The Criminal Court also sentenced a former deputy police district commander to life in prison for the boy`s murder. The former district commander was given a seven-year jail term for abuse of authority. One police officer was acquitted.


First Published: Monday, July 30, 2012 - 19:50
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