Monday 27 January 2020

Italian 'shot by army-type bullet'

Elisabetta Polenghi, younger sister of shot Italian photographer Fabio Polenghi, holds up a book of his work outside a Thai court (AP)
Elisabetta Polenghi, younger sister of shot Italian photographer Fabio Polenghi, holds up a book of his work outside a Thai court (AP)

A Thai court has found that an Italian photographer killed while covering the military's crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok three years ago was shot by a high-velocity bullet like those issued to soldiers.

A Bangkok South Criminal Court judge said that the inquest into the death of 48-year-old Fabio Polenghi also showed the fatal shot came from the direction of troops mobilised to quash the demonstration.

It stopped short of blaming the military outright.

Mr Polenghi was shot as he tried to take pictures of the army's assault on the Red Shirt encampment.

At least 91 people were killed during weeks of violence in Bangkok in 2010.

Rights groups have repeatedly called for the government to hold the army accountable for its part in the violence.

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