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Human rights group condemns killing of Thai poet

File photo : Kamol

File photo : Kamol

A human rights group on Thursday called for quick investigation into the killing of a Thai poet known for his support for the pro-government redshirt movement and criticism of the country's lese-majesty law.

An unidentified assailant shot dead Kamol Duangphasuk, 45, outside a Bangkok restaurant on Wednesday. Kamol was a supporter of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, better known as the redshirts, and a critic of the lese-majesty law that makes defamation of the king, queen and heir apparent punishable by three to 15 years in prison.

"Kamol’s murder heightens the climate of fear felt by those who speak out against Thailand’s draconian lese-majeste law," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch."

The Thai authorities need to quickly investigate this murder andbring whoever is responsible to justice, wherever that investigationleads," Adams said in a statement issued in New York.//Deutsche Presse Agentur

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