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Two acquitted in 2014 fatal grenade attack

Oct 26. 2018
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By The Nation

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The Criminal Court has acquitted two men of throwing a grenade at anti-government protesters in early 2014 because their confessions came after they were assaulted.

Nattaporn Lumbangla and Apichat Puangphet were charged with possessing explosives and murdering with an explosion.

They had been arrested in connection with a bomb attack on protesters supporting the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, which rallied against the government led by Yingluck Shinawatra. The explosion took place at the Victory Monument on January 19, 2014, killing a protester and injuring many others.

The court on Thursday acquitted the two defendants, giving them the benefit of the doubt. The defendants had claimed that they were physically assaulted and threatened while under military detention, which caused them to make their confessions, according to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights website.

The court also ruled that the prosecution lacked convincing evidence against the defendants.

The two defendants had confessed to the crime while being questioned by investigators. But they denied all the charges when their case was brought to court.

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