Thai court says unclear who killed Reuters cameraman

Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:56am EDT
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By Aukkarapon Niyomyat and Panarat Thepgumpanat

BANGKOK, April 30 (Reuters) - A Thai court ruled on Thursday that it could not establish who fired the shot that killed a Reuters cameraman during clashes between troops and anti-government protesters in Bangkok in 2010.

Hiroyuki Muramoto, 43, was killed by a high velocity bullet that struck him in the chest during street violence on April 10, the court said.

"The direction the bullet came from cannot be determined," the Bangkok South Criminal Court said in a statement.

Jesada Chandee, a lawyer representing the families of Muramoto and two others who died on the same day, said he would consider an appeal against the findings of the post-mortem inquest, which was held to establish the cause and circumstances of the deaths.

"We respect the court's orders but his family still wants to issue an appeal because they believe that witnesses and evidence can determine how their family member died," he said.

Tokyo-based Muramoto was on assignment in Bangkok covering the anti-government "red shirt" protests that lasted from March to May 2010.

"Reuters continues to mourn the loss of our respected video journalist, Hiro Muramoto," said Reuters spokesman David Crundwell. "The safety of our journalists is our highest priority and we take every precaution we can to ensure it."

More than 90 people, including two journalists and members of the security forces, were killed during the two months of unrest in the Thai capital.   Continued...