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Four ex-teachers seek retrial of their case with Justice Ministry

Four former schoolteachers who were convicted of giving false statements to the police and spent 13 months in jail on Monday lodged a complaint with the Justice Ministry to seek a retrial of their case.

The four teachers of Boeng Khong Long Witthaya school in Boeng Khong Long district of Boeng Karn province told Pol Col Dusadee Arayawuthi, deputy permanent secretary of justice, that they were falsely charged by the Boeng Karn police.

They claimed that they were in a canteen with Mr Chusak Sutthisri, director of the same school when a man broke in and fired three shots into their group. But one of the gunshots hit Mr Paethai Amatirat, a teacher of Nong Sim None school, and killed him at the scene.

But police charged Chusak of firing the gunshots that killed Paethai. They also charged the four teachers namely Mrs Bualoy Klongdee, Mrs Kwanpak Podong, Mrs Amkha Phutongjai and Mrs Lamai Poonriboon of giving false statements to the police about the shooting incident and of concealing evidences.

The Boeng Karn provincial court acquitted Mr Chusak for lack of evidences and sentenced the four female teachers to four years. But the convicted teachers were granted Royal pardon on three occasions and spent only 13 months in jail before they were released on last December 24.

Pol Col Dusadee said officials would be sent to Boeng Karn province to search for evidences to help determine whether a retrial of the case can be held.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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