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Internet idol in trouble over Thai video prank

BANGKOK: Police are preparing to summon an Internet figure over a video clip that convinced many watchers that he put a gun against his temple and shot himself.

An ongoing investigation suggests it was unlikely that Makharin Phumsa-art, also known as “Ne Wat Dao”, really shot himself.

“None of his relatives or neighbours heard a gunshot and there is no trace of a bullet inside his room either,” Pol Lt General Sanit Mahathavorn, acting chief of the Metropolitan Police, said yesterday.

Makharin only sustained minor injuries and his grandmother said he was able to go to the hospital by himself. He is reportedly receiving treatment at a psychiatric hospital.

Sanit said if Makharin and people close to him were found to have played a prank via the video clip, they could face legal action.

“Spreading false information on the Internet is a computer crime punishable by up to five years in jail and/or a maximum fine of 100,000 baht (RM110),” he said.

If Makharin was found to have used a gun in the prank, he may be punished for violating a gun law too.

Makharin has over 1.2 million followers on Facebook. — The Nation / Asia News Network