Three southern militants were given jailterms ranging from 4 years to life by the Pattani provincial court, according to the Internal Security Operations Command Region 4.
Colonel Pramote Prom-in, spokesman of the forward command of the 4th Region Internal Security Operations Command, told a press conference in Pattani on Thursday (Jan 4) that the trio committed security-related offences, causing loss of life among civilians and officials alike and property damages in the Deep South.
On Dec 28 and 29, the court handed down 4-year imprisonment on Rusalan Tuyong and Akradet Sanee who were found guilty on charges of criminal association while Sufiyan Sanee was sentenced to life for involvement in a deadly gun attack at Ban Tapeh market in Mayo district in March last year in which three soldiers were killed and one civilian injured.
DNA tests confirmed Rusalan Tuyong was involved in the putting up of a cloth banner of the separatist movement in Yarang district of Pattani in 2013. As for Akradet Sanee, his DNA sample matched with that found in separatist propaganda documents seized from the Wattanatham Islam school in Panare district in March last year.
Col Pramote said the conviction of the trio was just a part of a string of offences allegedly committed by them which were dismissed by the court due to insufficient evidences to convict them.
The forward command of the Isoc Region 4, he added, has attached importance to enforcement of the laws in a just and transparent manner which can be checked and examined.
The spokesman went on saying that the military still offer an opportunity to suspected militants to turn themselves in under the Homecoming Programme.