The Criminal Court on Thursday gave the benefit of the doubt to a 31-year-old man from Yala province, acquitting him of involvement in the Mujahideen Islam Pattani separatist movement in the far South.
The ruling went to Mahamasakree Mahama-useng, also known as Ahama Ma-useng, whom public prosecutors had accused of illegally possessing and carrying firearms and being involved in the separatist movement in Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces from June to August 2002.
The court found that public prosecutors had only oral evidence based on accounts of four police detectives and interrogators and the defendant's stepfather who had testified as long as two years after the alleged wrongdoing.
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