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Death sentence upheld for killer of TRT lawmaker Kobkul

The Appeals Court yesterday upheld a death sentence for former Muang Ratchaburi municipal councillor Ananthasak Srisawat, 48, for his role in the May 2006 assassination of former Thai Rak Thai Ratchaburi MP Kobkul Nopobromdee.

The court also upheld the life sentences handed out by a lower court to two other convicts, Winyu Rattanawannee, 36, and Anon Panrat, 46, for their roles in the killing.

The three men were convicted of conspiring with a fourth suspect, now deceased, Sa-ngad Pumpeng, to take two loaded M16 rifles to Muang district's city area to kill Kobkul. Kobkul's driver, Chatri Suparanant, and Master Sergeant Third Class Saichol Kaewsaithong were wounded in the attack.

The primary court on March 31, 2011 handed a death sentence to each of the three convicted men, then reduced Winyu and Anon's sentences to life in prison due to their useful confessions. The court ordered the three to pay Chatri Bt300,000 compensation plus 7.5-per-year interest dating back to August 24, 2006.

Kobkul's widower, former deputy public health minister Manit Nopobromdee, said he was satisfied with the verdict, adding that he hadn't yet sued for compensation because he prioritised justice. He expressed hope that police would be able to find evidence to arrest those who reportedly hired the three convicts to kill his late wife, as the case was still alive under the statute of limitations.

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