Thai Man Stabbed Dead Over Constitution Debate

NAKHON PATHOM — A 41-year-old man in Nakhon Pathom province has been arrested for allegedly stabbing another man dead during a heated argument about Thailand’s new constitution.

According to police, Thepnarong Prachart confessed to grabbing a kitchen knife and stabbing 44-year-old Prasit Wimal in an outburst of rage because the two disagreed about the new charter, which was drafted under the oversight of the ruling military junta.

Thepnaron fled the scene but was later arrested after witnesses identified him to police, said Pol.Lt. Am Ketkaew, an officer at Pho Kaew Police Station. He has been charged with premediated murder. 

Thailand’s previous charter was dissolved by the junta that seized power from an elected government in May 2014. Thailand's 20th constitution, which was drafted by a junta-appointed committee is expected to be completed in September. The military junta, known formally as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), approved a referendum for the charter earlier this month, though details about the vote have not been disclosed. 

In 2012, a Redshirt was reportedly stabbed dead by a Yellowshirt in Nong Khaem district of Bangkok after they engaged in a heated political debate. A witness at the scene told police the pair was arguing about the reconciliation process undertaken by the government at the time.

 

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