Samut Sakhon villagers scored a major victory in their years-long legal battle against a coal production and transportation firm and various local officials.

The long battle claimed the life of protest leader Thongnak Sawekjinda, who was shot dead in July 2011.

The Central Administrative Court's ruling marks a victory for locals. The court ruled that Techni Team Co, a coal production and transport firm, must modify its building to bring it in line with the Building Control Act. Under the act, Samut Sakhon is deemed to be a farming zone. The court also ordered the Tambon Tha Sai Administrative Organisation and the Samut Sakhon Provincial Industry Office to bar Techni Team permanently from using its building for coal production and transport within 30 days.

SGWA president Srisuwan warned relevant authorities not to appeal against the Central Administrative Court's latest verdict. SGWA would file a complaint with the National Anti-Corruption Commission against any officials who lodge an appeal.