BANGKOK (Reuters) – A decide in southern Thailand shot himself in courtroom after delivering a not responsible verdict within the case of 5 Muslim suspects charged with homicide within the predominantly Buddhist nation’s restive south.

Khanakorn Pianchana shot himself within the chest after acquitting the suspects charged with homicide, unlawful affiliation and gun-related offences on Friday afternoon due to inadequate proof. He was in hospital on Saturday.

On Saturday, individuals laid flowers in entrance of the courtroom in Yala, one of many three Muslim-majority southern provinces on the coronary heart of the insurgency that has claimed greater than 7,000 lives since 2004.

“He’s protected now. We do not know why he did this, in all probability his stress from private points,” Suriya Hongwilai, spokesman of the Court docket of Justice, informed Reuters.

“I verify that there isn’t a interference within the work of judges. They’re unbiased in making verdicts,” he stated.

Suriya stated he would report the incident to the Workplace of the Judicial Fee on Monday.

“I do not assume it is nearly insurgency within the three southernmost provinces, he (the decide) might need to convey a message that there’s a drawback with your entire judicial system,” stated Yala resident Ameed Mata.

“The insurgency problem is probably the most intense within the judicial system, his resolution was apparently to point out Thailand that this drawback does exist,” he added.

Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat had been a part of an unbiased Malay Muslim sultanate earlier than Thailand annexed them in 1909. Some insurgent teams need an unbiased state.

(Reporting by Orathai Sriring, Juarawee Kittisilpa and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Modifying by Kay Johnson and Hugh Lawson)

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