2010 Political Violence
Criminal Court rules taxi driver killed by troops
The Criminal Court Monday ruled that a taxi driver was shot dead by troops deployed to tighten security around Rajprasong Intesection in May 2010.Phan Khamkong was shot dead between 12.05am and 1am on May 16. He was shot in the left chest and the bullet also pierced his right arm.
The court ruled that troops who were carrying out the operation fired at a van driven by Samorn Maithong when it was trying to break through the security checkpoint of troops in the Rajprasong.
Phan was shot by .223 bullet, which was a type of ammunition used by Army troops.
The court ruled that he was killed as a result of the security keeping operations ordered by the Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situation.
The case of Phan's death was the first of 19 deaths arising from the 2010 political violence sent to the court by public prosecutors.
Public prosecutors told the court that Phan went to rent his taxi to drive in Wat Saket area on May 14.
At 8pm on May 15, Phan called his daughter to day that he was hiding at a condominium construction site in Rajprarop. This was the last time his daughter heard from him.
The Department of Special Investigation have yet to prove whether troops in the area shot at Phan on their own or were simply carrying out an unlawful order. If carrying out an order, they would not be held responsible. Legal action would be taken against those who gave the order.