Ad hoc panel to look into judge’s suicide attempt, report expected in 15 days


Sarawut Benjakul, deputy secretary-general of the Office of the Judiciary, said on Monday (October 7) that the judiciary has decided to establish an ad hoc subcommittee to investigate the case of a Pattani judge shooting himself in the courtroom on October 4. He said investigation results are expected within 15 days.

The panel will be led by Wasana Hongcharoen, president of the Supreme Court’s Juvenile and Family Department, and also include Appeals Court chief judge Anurak Sangaarikul and Criminal Court chief judge Suwicha Sukkasemhathai.
Khanakorn Pianchana reportedly shot himself in the courtroom after reading his verdict on accusations against a gang accused of murder. Reports of his suicide attempt have been conflicting, with some saying he was protesting against interference by his superiors, while court officials initially claimed it stemmed from personal stress.