About politics & murder
Murder of Songkhla mayor
- Published: 9/11/2012 at 07:27 PM
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Dead mayor made many enemies with corruption investigations against local govt officials, opposition to projects, others suspended or expelled ...
Murdered Songkhla mayor Peera Tantiserane
Political feud suspected in Peera murder
Police uncover link to rival's radio station
SONGKHLA : Political conflict was the most likely motive for the slaying of Songkhla municipality mayor Peera Tantiserane, police say.
Peera, 54, was gunned down on Wednesday night after meeting southern NGOs to discuss the safety of radioactive material stored in the area.
Police earlier suspected the killing might be connected to a row over the radioactive material stored by a company in downtown Songkhla, which had upset residents. However, officers have now discounted that theory.
Investigators have found the victim was involved in conflicts with several groups of officials at his office, a police source said. He had suspended several municipal officials from their duties and expelled one deputy mayor.
For now, however, investigators are focusing on the municipality's probe into alleged corruption involving a former municipality mayor, as well as its objection to the provincial administration organisation's (PAO) cable car project as possible motives for the killing, the source said
...CCTV footage from the murder ... led [Police] to a pickup truck which they suspect was involved in the crime. The pickup was parked at Samila radio station, which is owned by one of the victim's political rivals...
...After Peera's murder, police believe the shooters drove the pickup to the radio station, where they switched to another vehicle to escape.
Witnesses earlier told police that at least three attackers used M16s and rifles to shoot Peera...
... Songkhla police ... said the [pickup truck] carried a fake licence plate and the vehicle had not been registered...
A source said the radio station belonged to a former candidate Kitti Chuchuay, who contested the mayoralty in Songkhla municipality in a Nov 1, 2009 election.
Peera's New Songkhla team defeated that of his rival, headed by Mr Kitti, a younger brother of ... the Songkhla PAO chairman.
(Source: Bangkok Post, Local News, Political feud suspected in Peera murder, Police uncover link to rival's radio station, 9/11/2012, Wichayant Boonchote, link)
Local Politics and Murder Vocabulary
murder - the crime of intentionally killing a person (not an accident) ฆาตกรรม
feud - an angry disagreement between two people or groups that continues for a long time; row; dispute ความอาฆาต
suspected - thought to be something, but not yet proven เป็นที่สงสัย
political feud suspected
political feud suspected in Peera murder
rivals - competitors; opponents; people who aer competing for or trying to get the same thing คู่แข่ง คู่อริ
rival's radio station
the victim's political rivals
The pickup was parked at Samila radio station, which is owned by one of the victim's political rivals...
uncover - to discover something secret or hidden ค้นพบข้อเท็จจริง
link - to connect เชื่อม
police uncover link to rival's radio station
conflict - an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง ความไม่ลงรอยกัน
motive - a reason for doing something แรงจูงใจ เหตุผล
slaying - a killing; a murder การสังหาร, ฆาตกรรม
motive for the slaying
most likely motive
the most likely motive for the slaying
municipality - a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
mayor - the chief, head, leader of a town
Songkhla municipality mayor Peera Tantiserane
gunned down - shot and killed (murdered by shooting with a gun or guns)
meeting - when a group of people come together to discuss issues and make decisions การประชุม
gunned down on Wednesday night after a meeting
NGOs - Non-Governmental Organizations, organizations that work to help some group of people in some way, not a company and not part of the government (See Wikipedia)
radioactive - coming from nuclear reactions and dangerous กัมมันตภาพรังสี; เกี่ยวกับหรือเกิดจากกัมมันตภาพรังสี.
the safety of radioactive material stored in the area
a row over - an argument about ... , a fight over ...
upset - unhappy, disappointed, angry about something that happened ทำให้หงุดหงิด วิตก กังวล
residents - people who live in an area ผู้อยู่อาศัย ผู้อาศัย ราษฎรในบริเวณนั้น
upset residents - people living in an area who are not happy about something
theory - one or more ideas that explain how or why something happens สมมติฐาน
discount a theory - not believe that a theory explains what happens (not the right theory)
officers have now discounted that theory
conflicts - angry disagreements and fighting between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง
involved in conflicts
source - someone who gives information to the media แหล่งข่าว
... a police source said
victim - someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
the victim was involved in conflicts with several groups of officials at his office, a police source said.
deputy - a person who is given the power to do something instead of another person, or the person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง, ตัวแทน,ผู้รักษาการแทน
suspended - officially stopped from doing a job (temporarily, for a period of time) ถอดออกจากตำแหน่ง
suspended from duties
municipal - of a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
He had suspended several municipal officials from their duties and expelled one deputy mayor.
alleged - claimed, but not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
corruption - (See Wikipedia on bribery and political corruption)
probe - an investigation, to attempt to find out the truth about something การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบ
probe into alleged corruption
investigators are focusing on the municipality's probe into alleged corruption
objection - an argument against something การแถลงการคัดค้าน
its objection to the provincial administration organisation's (PAO) cable car project
motives - the reason for doing something (taking an action)
possible motives for the killing
footage - a film or video of a particular subject or event การเสนอข่าว ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
suspect - a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
...CCTV footage from the murder ... led them to a pickup truck which they suspect was involved in the crime.
vehicle - a car, truck, van, bus, etc; a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads ยานพาหนะ
they switched to another vehicle to escape
licence - an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something ใบอนุญาต
licence plate - the metal plate with a number on cars and other vehicles (that identifies the car)
fake - nto real; made to look or seem like something real to trick people ปลอม ปลอมแปลง ที่ทำปลอม
fake licence plate - a license plate that is not real
registered - officially recorded with the government (and given permission to operate)
the [pickup truck] carried a fake licence plate and had not been registered...
candidate - a person who is trying to win an elected position ผู้สมัคร
the radio station belonged to a former candidate for mayor
election - the process of choosing a person or a group of person for a position, especially by voting elect (v) electoral (adj) synonym: the polls การเลือกตั้ง
contested the mayoralty in a Nov 1, 2009 election
defeated - beaten; caused to lose in a fight or war ที่พ่ายแพ้
rival - a person you are competing against or opposing คู่แข่ง
the team defeated that of the rival
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