PM cautions police and media about their treatment of murder suspects

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has warned the police and the media to exercise caution in their treatment of the female suspects in the grisly murder of a bar girl in a way which can be mistaken as glorifying the suspects.

Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said, during the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the prime minister complained that some policemen over their improper conduct in the treatment of the three female suspects in police custody.

He quoted the prime minister as saying that the officials should have known what should be done or should not be done in their treatment of the suspects even though it was not prohibited by law.

One of the suspects, Ms Preeyanut Nonewangchai, was seen sitting next to a plainclothes policeman smiling with her face covered with white makeup while the other two suspects were seen smoking at a police station. The images showing the three suspects went viral in the social media and drew widespread criticism against both the police and the suspects.

Lt-Gen Sansern said the government had received many complaints from members of the public against the media for what they alleged as sensationalisation of the report about the murder case in a way which might be mistaken as glorifying the suspects, causing misunderstanding among youth.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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