As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his Chachoengsao province community from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff - until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him.
A year later, his three alleged killers, including a senior government official, are on trial for murder. The dumping has been halted and villagers are erecting a statue to their slain hero.
The three men charged with the Feb 25 murder of village headman and environmental hero Prajob Naowa-opas are now on trial. From left: Sgt Yuthanai Najaeng, 32, Phuthon Kawiphan, 42, and Sgt Anu Boonpheg, 29. (Photos by Pattanapong Hiranard)
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