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Edwin Arrieta’s lawyer testifies in court about the family’s economic status

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Edwin Arrieta’s lawyer testifies in court about the family’s economic status

Edwin Arrieta’s lawyer testifies in court about the family’s economic status

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The Spanish lawyer Juan Gonzalo Ospina declared this Wednesday on behalf of the family of Edwin Arrieta in the trial against Daniel Sancho in Thailand for the alleged murder of the Colombian surgeon, to clarify the details of the request for compensation to the accused.

“Today we come as witnesses for the family to explain the economic situation in which they find themselves today after the loss of Edwin, who was the one supported the entire economic reality of the family”, Ospina said at the doors of the court.

The Arrieta family’s lawyers in Thailand, Mettapon Suwancarern and Nattha “Lak” Jongratwanin, confirmed this Wednesday the request for compensation before the court of 30 million bahts (about 760,000 euros) and they provided the documentation that justifies that amount.

In this sense, the Spanish lawyer commented that he had been informed of “the clinics that (Arrieta) had in Colombia, in Chile, the people who were in their care, their studies, training, the situation in which the family has been left.

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Ospina, who testified in Spanish with the help of an interpreter in the room for more than two hours, also presented “medical documents that prove that (the parents) are suffering from depression, anxiety, nighttime nightmares, taking treatment to overcome (his son’s death)“, according to what he said upon leaving the hearing to journalists.

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“All that suffering and deep pain in which they find themselves after the events that occurred here on August 2, even to the point that the parents have not been able to be told the full reality of what happened because they are in a deep depression and anxiety (…) “They can’t get over what happened,” he added.

The Spanish-Colombian lawyer explained to journalists that despite the request of the Thai lawyers who are appearing in the trial as a co-accusation, and which he described as a “maximum limit”, “The family is more than satisfied” with the amount of 410,000 euros that his office initially calculated.

Judge’s decision:

Thai law does not establish scales or maximums of compensation as civil liability for crimes such as murder.

The request depends on the plaintiff’s assessment of the damage and is set depending on “the evidence and the judge’s decision”, which is what finally establishes it along with the sentence.

“Today’s procedure consisted of the claim for compensation, which is 30 million (bat). However, the actual amount will be subject to the discretion of the court based on its evaluation,” said Sancho’s lawyer. , Apirchat Srinual, who considered it unlikely that such high compensation would be awarded.

For his part, the father of the accused, Rodolfo Sancho, said in response to journalists at the end of today’s session that “of course not” No type of agreement has been reached on compensation, without specifying whether it is in reference to the amount itself or what, since the decision rests with the magistrate.

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The payment of the compensation decided by the judge in the event of a conviction is essential so that the accused could request his transfer to a Spanish prison. as long as it is not a death sentence.

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I turn to the defense witnesses:

The statement of the Spanish lawyer put an end to the phase of the prosecution witnesses, who have testified in the Samui Provincial Court (Southern Thailand) since the high-profile trial against Sancho began on April 9, which is being held behind closed doors.

The Thai legal team appointed by the Arrieta family had requested that the victim’s parents, Ana Marcela Arteaga and Leovaldo José Arrieta, 78 and 75 years old, respectively, testify by videoconference, something that was rejected by the judge.

As an alternative, it was considered in recent days that it would be Darling Arrieta, Edwin’s sister, who would travel to Thailand, but the need for a visa made the deadlines to obtain it an insurmountable obstacle to comply with the court’s request.

After today’s day dedicated to the representative of the Arrieta family, who appears with two Thai lawyers as a co-accusation, along with the prosecutor Jeerawat Sawatdichaithe defense witnesses will be given way tomorrow.

The first to testify this Thursday will be Daniel Sancho himself, followed by his father, the actor Rodolfo Sancho, and two police officers from Phangam Island, where the alleged crime was committed.

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