Fabio Polenghi inquest

7 12 2012

The Bangkok Post has a long report on the first day of the inquest into the death of Italian journalist Fabio Polenghi, who was killed by a high-velocity bullet during the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration’s violent crackdown on red shirt protesters in May 2010. Three witnesses told the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court that “they believed that … Fabio Polenghi died from shots fired by the military…”.

American freelance documentary film maker Bradley Cox “told the court that he did not see or hear any single gunshot from where the red-shirt protesters were, but clearly heard shots from the Lumpini and Sala Daeng sides, where military were zeroing in.” He added: “Although I could not prove or identify who shoot Fabio or me, I’m 100% certain that it was the army…”.

Taxi motorcyclist Kwanchai Sowapas “told the court that it was army soldiers who shot Polenghi, because he saw them on that side, some 70 metres away from him and some 30 to 40 metres from the Italian photo-journalist.”

This is another important case in a process that appears to be seeking to end the impunity of officials in instances of state murder.


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