Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krea-ngarm clarified on Thursday that Thailand has not scrapped death penalty, but, in actual practice, the punishment has not been enforced for the past 10 years and replaced by life imprisonment.

Mr Wisanu made the clarification in reference to a recent verdict of the Criminal Court handing down death sentence on two defendants for stabbing to death a student in order to steal the victim's iPhone smart phone.

The deputy prime minister said that death penalty still exists in the Thai law but, in practice, it has not been enforced for the past decade. He added that the executioners have been redundant for 7-8 years.

He explained that there are two schools of thought about capital punishment. One school of thought is that the capital punishment will discourage people from committing serious crimes while the other believes that it goes against the humanitarian principle.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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