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It is outrageous that a man on trial for his life cannot be given the services of a properly qualified interpreter. How can he get a fair hearing there is any doubt in anybody's mind about what is actually being said in court?

What steps are being taken by Denmark to ensure one of their nationals is treated as equitably as a Thai person before a Danish court would?

Thailand's record on human rights is not a proud one and this case should be taken, if necessary, to the International Court of Human Rights to ensure a fair outcome.

Yes the man should be given a fair hearing whether he turns out to be guilty or not. It is unconscionable that a case of this magnitude is not transparently fair - just picking up any old mucker from the street and trying to persuade their acceptance is just not on. But then again it is Thai culture and its not Chinese New Year anymore. This smells worse than his house. It seems they just want to get the conviction, take the photos and cobblers to justice. Thai style!

What more can i say than "TiT".... It's really a SCANDAL what's going on with the justical system in TH... 1 BIG joke ! Those Thai poo jais just don't care for a human life.... no matter if that guy's guilty or not... they just should do it the CORRECT way. But Thais don't understand the word "correct" just like they don't understand so many other "natural" words! The only thing they understand is "money" and "corruption".... very sad !

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Anyone yet considered that maybe a qualified interpreter could also have a job at a local news paper ?

So the journalist he refused could have well been qualified ?

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However you look at it this creepy guy needs locking away........ anywhere.

Really ??.Then we would really have a big problem with prison overcrowding coffee1.gif ...........................

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Read the story, then try to work-out how the reporter decided that "refused the services of the court appointed interpreter" = "refused to give testimony"....

And, *TRY* to remember that this is supposed to be a civilised society, innocent until proven guilty... remember?

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If you commit (or are accused of committing) a crime in Thailand , you are subject to the laws of the country. Like it or not, fair by farang standards or not, corruption playing a huge part or not, that's the way it is here.


Are there those accused (and ultimately convicted) unjustly at times? Yes, I'm sure. Are there those that think because it's Thailand they can get away with (or pay their way out of) anything? Yes, I'm sure.


Bottom line is that you're playing without a home field advantage here, and you will suffer the consequences of that disadvantage should you get yourself into a situation where things play out that way. Everyone should be aware of, and be forewarned of that eventuality before they come here to play.
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Anyone yet considered that maybe a qualified interpreter could also have a job at a local news paper ?

So the journalist he refused could have well been qualified ?

I'd imagine it's the fact that they are part of the media that is his concern. A lot of misconstrewed journalism runs rampant, here and i can fully understand that he would want no part of it. Someone associated in the media could really coherse opinion in such a case.

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Why shouldn't a farang on trial for his life be entitled to a farang interpreter who speaks Thai?

Moreover why shouldn't a Norwegian on trial for his life be entitled to a Norwegian interpreter who speaks Thai?

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Whatever the circumstances surrounding the death and the likelihood of a fair hearing in Thailand (none), he surely must have known if he continued to conceal the body on his own premises it would be found eventually. He has been living on borrowed time.

A fair trail would still convict him IF he is quilty- If he deseve a conviction he will be convicted...

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Can the proposed interpreter speak Norwegian or is everyone assuming that the accused ought to stand trial using English?

It might not be so easy to find an interpreter who can translate "court language" from Thai to Norwegian. as earlier mentioned TWO interpreter should be present Thai-English and English-Norwegian unless a Thai-Norwegian adequate qualified is appointed t this task. Most Norwegians understand English.... If not the case can be solved as described.

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