Death Penalty In Thailand

In Thailand until 2003, serious criminal offenders were sentenced to death by machine gun. This technique of death penalty may seem violent but before 1934, Thailand's main death sentence was with the use of swords.

More than 280 criminals were sentenced to death by shooting. The majority were sentenced to murder and robbery resulting in death.


Unlike shootings used by soldiers using multiple shooters at a time, in Thailand only one executioner is charged with firing an offender to death.

A machine gun filled with 15 bullets. This machine is mounted on the table. The offender is tied to a cross-shaped wood and his body is separated from the shooter by a canvas cloth complete with a bulls eye.


The target executioner is the heart. The shooter will wait for the flag to be dropped by his leader to press the machine gun. Several shots will be fired on the offender.

If the offender does not die immediately, several more shots will be released until the offender breathes his last breath.

The death penalty in Thailand is imposed after lunch. Offenders know the death penalty will be served if lunch is served earlier than usual.


Thailand is currently serving a death sentence using a lethal injection technique. This sentence is said to be more "humane" in ending the history of offenders.


Longji is the first lucky man to have been sentenced to death by injection since Thailand introduced the method to replace the death penalty with machine gun squad.

Theerasak Longji, 26, was sentenced to death in a Bang Kwan Central Prison in north Bangkok on June 18, 2018 after being found guilty of murdering a 17-year-old boy in 2012.

According to data obtained by the Thai Department of Rehabilitation, 520 out of 361,030 detainees in the country are awaiting death sentence.


Although Thailand has had its death penalty for centuries, it is often associated with changes in government or military action in Thailand. The method of death penalty by carriers has also changed over the years.

From 1805, when Thailand was still a Siamese and an absolute monarchy, until 1932 when Thailand switched to the constitutional monarchy, there were 21 different forms of capital punishment.

Some of those punishments are considered cruel, such as those punished for treason will be wrapped in oil-soaked cloth and burned to death.

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