Soldier fired in 'self-defence' in Lahu death
Local ethnic groups dismiss drug link
- 21 Mar 2017 at 04:00
- WRITER: POST REPORTERS
The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has insisted the extrajudicial killing of a Lahu activist, who they say was linked to drug trafficking, was carried out in self-defence.
Deputy police spokesman Krisana Patanacharoen yesterday said Chaiyapoom Pasae, a 21-year-old ethnic Lahu, was shot dead by a soldier in Chiang Mai last Friday as he tried to attack him with a hand grenade.
The soldier reacted in self-defence, Pol Col Krisana said, insisting there was no foul play behind Chaiyapoom's death.
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