By Kesinee Taengkhiao
The Supreme Court Tuesday upheld the two previous courts' death sentence for former Ratchaburi politician Anantasak "Mayor Tai" Srisawat, for orchestrating the fatal M16 assault rifle shooting of former Thai Rak Thai MP Kobkul Nopamornbodi in 2006.
The final ruling, which ended the trial that last for almost a decade, would be sent to the 50-year-old Anantasak at Ratchaburi’s Khao Din Prison where he was detained.
The lawsuit said the three defendants and Sangad Pumpeng – who later died of poison – launched a shooting ambush on May 27, 2006 against Kobkul while she was in her car at the Khao Ngu intersection in Tambon Chedi Hak of Ratchaburi’s Muang district.
Anantasak and two others – snooker club employee Anont and vegetable vendor Winyu Rattanawannee – were later arrested and the Primary Court on March 31, 2011 initially gave them death sentences then commuted the punishment for Anont and Winyu to life imprisonment due to their confessions. In the Appeal Court’s level, the punishments were upheld for the three defendants hence Anantasak, who insisted of his innocence, appealed.