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Supreme Court acquits drug kingpin

The Supreme Court on Friday acquitted Laota Saenli and his two sons in a heroin-trafficking trial on the ground of insufficient evidence.

Supreme Court acquits drug kingpin

The verdict was out to the Laota, 70, his sons Wichan Saenli, 31, and Sukkasem Saenli, 27, at the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court.

The three were accused of being one of the main distributors of illicit narcotics for drug warlord Wei Hsueh-kang, one of the top commander in the 20,000-strong United Wa State Army (UWSA).

Laota, 70, a twice-decorated village chief in Fang district, told reporters after the verdict reading that he would go back to live a simple life of growing rice.

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