The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the lower courts' death sentence for a hilltribe man extradited from China for possession of 60kg of heroin and 137,000 methamphetamine pills with intent to sell.
Jirasak Chatworanit, 32, alias Asan, a Yao tribesman, was arrested in Kunming, China, on Feb 8, 2005 and extradited to Thailand to face the drug charges.
Jirasak's arrest and extradition followed the arrest of Chengkae sae Phan (who was indicted in a separate case) on Feb 22, 2004 with 60kg of heroin base and 137,800 methamphetamine pills. Police later arrested Uthai Prasopsuk and Kanchana Homnan.
The three said the drugs belonged to Jirasak, who lived in Laos and fled to Kunming.
Jirasak, Uthai and Kanchana were indicted in the same case.
On March 29, 2007 the Criminal Court sentenced Jirasak to death. Uthai and Kanchana were acquitted due to lack of evidence. Jirasak appealed.
The Appeals Court upheld the death sentence on Jirasak, as did the Supreme Court today.
Jirasak was not present to hear the Supreme Court's verdict. The judgement was sent to be read at Khao Bin Prison in Ratchaburi province, where Jirasak remains in detention.
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