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Two jailed over deadly Bangkok night club fire

Thai police at the site of the fire on 1 January 2009
Image caption Up to 1,000 revellers were in the nightclub in Bangkok when the blaze broke out

Two people have been jailed in Thailand over a fire in a Bangkok nightclub that killed 67 people.

Owner Wisuk Sejsawat was sentenced to three years in prison, as was Boonchu Laosrinak, who was responsible for pyrotechnics at the club.

The blaze broke out in the Santika Club in the early hours of 1 January 2009, when up to 1,000 people were inside.

Those killed died from burns, smoke inhalation or crush injuries as people struggled to escape.

More than 100 other people were injured in the fire.

The court acquitted four other people in connection with the case, including the lead singer of the band playing at the time of the fire, who was accused of letting off fireworks that sparked the blaze.

Prosecutors said "there was already solid evidence that the fire was caused by lighting effects", not the singer's actions.

After the fire, it emerged that the Santika was licensed as a private residence, not a club, and was operating in a zone where nightclubs were banned.

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