Grand Theft Auto banned in Thailand after copycat killing

Grand Theft Auto has been banned for sale in Thailand after a teenager allegedly committed a copycat murder inspired by the video game.

Grand Theft Auto has been banned for sale in Thailand after a teenager allegedly committed a copycat murder inspired by the video game.

The 18 year old is said to have murdered a taxi driver. He has been charged with robbery and possession of a deadly weapon and could face the death penalty if convicted.

The local Thai police have reacted by banning the game.
“GTA is banned mainly because of its obscene content – under the criminal law article 287 that prohibits reproduction, distribution or possession of such material,” said a Thai police spokesman.

Store owners found to be selling or stocking the game could be sentenced to three years in prison and fined 6000 baht. Online game providers face stricter penalties of up to five years imprisonment and a 100 000 baht fine.

The teenager was arrested on Sunday after police found the battered body of the 50 year old taxi driver in his taxi cab on a Bangkok Street.

Source: news.com

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