Murder of Songkhla mayor

Dead mayor made many enemies with corruption investigations against local govt officials, opposition to projects, others suspended or expelled ...

Murdered Songkhla mayor Peera Tantiserane



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Political feud suspected in Peera murder

Police uncover link to rival's radio station
9/11/2012
Wichayant Boonchote

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
political feud

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
uncover link

police uncover link to rival's radio station

conflict - an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง  ความไม่ลงรอยกัน
political conflict

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

municipality mayor
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.
radioactive material
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
deputy mayor

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
municipal officials

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)
alleged corruption

probe - an investigation, to attempt to find out the truth about something การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบ
probe into alleged corruption

investigators
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)
vehicle registration
automobile registration

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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