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Thailand to compensate Japanese journalist killed in political violence

(Xinhua)

13:32, March 07, 2012

BANGKOK, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Thai government has approved to pay compensation to the family of a Japanese journalist who was killed during the anti-government rally in 2010, reports said Tuesday.

Hiroyuki Muramoto, a Reuter news agency.cameraman, was filming clashes between red-shirt protesters and security forces in Bangkok on April 10, 2010 before being shot dead.

Following the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced a compensation payment to the victim 's family and promised to send a letter of condolence, the Bangkok Post reported.

"He is eligible for compensation like other victims," she said.

Yingluck left Bangkok later in the day for a four-day official visit to Japan. Due to tight schedule, she is not expected to meet Muramoto's family there.

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