Thai army pledges to bring monk’s murderers to justice


BANGKOK, Feb 13 – The spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) said today that the gunmen who shot dead a monk and three villagers in the southern border province of Pattani today would be brought for prosecution.

Gen Banpot Poonpian, the spokesman, said insurgents instigating incidents where a Buddhist monk and villagers were killed and a female bank employee was shot and burnt will be punished to the full extent of the law.

He reasserted that the murder of three Thai boys on Feb 3 was not committed by the Thai authorities as claimed in a hand-written note by alleged assailants.

The ISOC spokesperson also asked the public not to publicise this misleading note.

Gen Banpot asked rhetorically if such violence was lawful and based on international human rights principles, which, of course, he knew it was not.