Krabi police have produced their own video to counter allegations made in the viral youtube video “Evil Man from Krabi”.
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Police respond to “Evil Man from Krabi”
As of this morning, the video "Evil Man from Krabi" has received over 400,000 views on youtube since it was released several weeks ago.
The video, a musical condemnation of the Thai system of criminal justice, was produced by the father of a 27-year-old Dutch woman who was allegedly beaten and raped in Krabi in late July by a Thai tour guide. (Correction: Victim's age is apparently 19)
The suspect was arrested by police but quickly released by the provincial court on bail, angering the father.
The video, coupled with news of the stabbing of a British tourist protecting his girlfriend from a mob sex attack on a Krabi beach, have resulted in a large number of tourists cancelling their holidays in this southern beach province.
The negative publicity has clearly stunned local police who have been struggling to find an appropriate response.
Last week Pol Maj Gen Nantadet Yoinual, chief of police in Krabi, called a press conference to deny the father's claim that police allowed "easy" bail.
Pol Maj Gen Nanthadet said the police obtained an arrest warrant on July 29 and arrested the suspect on Aug 20.
The court granted the accused’s bail request over the objections of provincial police, he said.
The Krabi police chief said the police have completed their case and are ready to present it to the prosecutors.
Realising that a press conference is inadequate to quell the continuing criticism, Krabi police have now turned to youtube themselves, producing a four-and-a-half minute rebuttal of “Evil Man in Krabi”.
Entitled “The truth from Krabi,” the video, in the Thai language, says the critics do not understand the three-step Thai legal system.
Police are responsible for investigation, the video explains, and if the evidence indicates a crime has been committed, the case is forwarded to prosecutors. If the prosecutors agree, they are responsible for taking the case to the court. The final decision rests with the court, including whether a suspect’s bail request should be granted.
Story includes information adapted from a series of Bangkok Post stories.
viral – (of a video, photo, story, etc.) spread across the internet very quickly (like a virus spreading a disease) as people share it with their friends or the news media reports on it แพร่กระจายผ่านทางอินเทอร์เน็ตอย่างรวดเร็ว
respond – to say or do something as a reaction to something that has been said or done ตอบสนอง, ตอบรับ
release – (1) to make something available to the public (2) to allow someone to go free เปิดเผย, ออกวางตลาด, ปล่อยตัว
condemnation – a public statement in which someone criticises someone or something severely การประนามหยามเหยียด
criminal justice system – the systems of laws and procedures dealing with crimes and their punishment ประมวลกฎหมายอาญา
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
beat – to hit someone violently several times ตี, ตบ, เฆี่ยน
rape – to commit the crime of forcefully having sex with someone against their wish ข่มขืน
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
bail – money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว
coupled with – together with ผนวกับ
stab – to kill or hurt someone by pushing a knife or other sharp object into their body แทงด้วยอาวุธ
protect – to make sure that somebody/something is not harmed, injured, damaged, etc ป้องกัน,อารักขา,คุ้มกัน
negative – bad ที่เป็นด้านลบ
publicity – attention in magazines, newspapers, or television การเผยแพร่
stunned – very shocked or surprised มึน, ตกตะลึง, งงงัน
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
struggle – to try hard to do something that you find very difficult พยายาม
appropriate – suitable or right for a particular situation or purpose ที่เหมาะสม
press conference – an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
deny – to say that something is not true ปฏิเสธ
claim – saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
obtain – to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult ได้มา, ได้รับ
arrest warrant – a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone หมายจับ
grant – to officially give something ให้
objection – a statement that shows that you disagree with a plan, or a reason for your disagreement การแถลงการคัดค้าน
prosecutor – a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty อัยการ
inadequate – not enough, or not good enough for a particular purpose อย่างไม่เพียงพอ
quell – to cause a violent situation to end ยุติความรุนแรง
criticism – comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad การวิจารณ์
rebuttal – saying or proving that a statement or criticism is false การคัดค้าน, การโต้แย้ง
legal – relating to the law เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
responsible for – to have a duty to do something มีความรับผิดชอบ
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
indicate – to show that something is true, exists or will happen แสดง, ทำให้รู้
forward – to send onwards ส่งต่อ
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