Six given death sentence for Thai family massacre

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BANGKOK (AFP) – Six men were sentenced to death yesterday for the massacre of a Thai village headman and seven members of his family, including three children, over a land dispute. The execution-style murders, which caused widespread public horror, saw the masked gunmen storm in the local leader’s compound in Krabi province in July 2017 and take his family hostage with handcuffs and blindfolds. They held the group for several hours while waiting for village chief Worayuth Sanlang to return. Then they shot him in the head along with seven family members. The court said the massacre was motivated by a land dispute between the village headman and the lead gunman, Surikfat Bannopwongsakul. While death sentences are still on the statue books in Thailand, no prisoner has been executed since 2009.

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