A Thai Chief judge identified as Khanakorn Pianchana threw the courtroom into pandemonium after shooting himself in the chest during a court session.
According to reports, he was said to have acquitted five men who were charged with murder and unlawful possession of firearms.
He was reportedly said to have issued a statement on social media before the shooting which claims that senior judges in the district told him to change the verdict in the case to guilty.
“At this moment, other fellow judges in Courts of First Instance across the country are being treated the same way as I was. [If] I cannot keep my oath of office, I’d rather die than live without honour,” the statement said.
He is said to be recuperating in an intensive care unit in a Yala hospital as gunshot he suffered were not life-threatening.