Speeding Taxi Kills Al Jazeera Reporter

BANGKOK — A Thai reporter who worked for Al Jazeera was run over and killed by a taxi last night, police say.

Metee Mooktaree was crossing Sukhumvit Road under Ploenchit BTS Station at around midnight when he was hit by a speeding taxi, said Pol.Col. Chaiya Kongsap, commander of the Lumpini Police Station in Bangkok.

The impact of the collision reportedly threw him under a nearby bus. Pol.Col. Chaiya said Mr. Metee died at the hospital. 

According to Pol.Col. Chaiya, the taxi driver turned himself in to the police this morning and has been charged with reckless driving leading to death.

Mr. Metee also worked for Thailand-based White Muslim TV. Prior to his death, Mr. Metee had been covering political and social issues in Thailand, including the anti-government protests and mistreatment of Rohingya refugees in southern Thailand.

A funeral ceremony will be held at 4 pm today at Al-atik Masjid on Soi Charoen Krung 103 in Bangkok. 


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