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11 soldiers being investigated after allegedly torturing and killing one brother, injuring the other

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Police officers in Nakhon Phanom (northeastern Thailand bordering Laos) are investigation a parent’s complaint filed on Sunday that two of her sons were taken away by soldiers leading to the death of one and the other being seriously injured. 11 soldiers are now under investigation over the incident.

The complaint was made by 59 year old Niwat Saisa and his wife 56 years old Pan to the That Phanom Police Station.

The parents told police that “about 8.30 pm on Friday two or three men in camouflage uniforms arrived in a pickup at their cottage in a rubber plantation near in That Phanom sub-district. They claimed to be soldiers on a drug suppression operation, and took away their two sons, 33 year old Yutthana, and 29 year old Nathapong.”

“Later that night I received a phone call at around 1 am from Yutthana’s phone but it was someone else speaking. He told me to go to That Phanom Crown Prince Hospital where their son was being treated.”

Once arriving at the hospital they were informed by doctors and nurses that their eldest son, Yutthana, had died.

Reports of the medical staff state “from Yutthana’s appearance, they believed he had been severely beaten.”

After filing their complaint, in a search for their second son, the couple went to the military operations centre at a temple in Tambon Fang Daeng, where their two sons had been detained for questioning.

At the military operation centre, they found Nathapong, where he was badly injured. They took him to That Phanom Crown Prince Hospital, where he was found to have two broken ribs and bruises all over his body.

The police have accepted the complaint for further investigation.

The body of Yutthana was sent to the Forensic Medicine Institute in Khon Kaen for an autopsy for further legal actions, the process is expected to be completed this week.

On Sunday Colonel Boonsin Phadklang, deputy commander of the Surasakmontree Task Force, paid a visit to Nathapong at the hospital.

“An investigation had been launched into the case. He promised to ensure justice for all concerned, without bias.”

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Mr Niwat says the commanding officer assured him that the soldiers will be investigated in line with military regulations, and that the 2nd Army Region has set up a panel to investigate the seven officers, pending Yutthana’s official autopsy results.

Representatives from a drug prevention and suppression centre in the Northeast on Monday gave 10,000 baht in financial assistance to Mr Niwat and asked to sponsor Yutthana’s funeral.

A group of soldiers from the Surasakmontree Task Force was sent to help with funeral preparations, and sources said that senior military officers are planning to meet with the family to discuss compensation.

UPDATE:

Phanom police chief colonel Srinakorn Naiyawat, said today that… “the investigators had expedited the gathering of evidence will be filing charges against those responsible.”

“The preliminary investigation pointed out that 11 soldiers being involved – 1 commissioned officer, 6 non-commissioned officers and 4 conscripts.”

No charges can be filed at this stage, due to the delay in results from the autopsy on Yutthana, and a report on the physical examination of Nathapong.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post / Bangkok Post

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My name is Anukul, I a writer for the Thaiger, I specialise in translation articles and social media, and assisting with our video production. I previously worked at Phuket Gazette and attended BIS international school in Phuket.

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More reports of alleged student abuse, parents file complaint against teacher

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More reports of teachers allegedly abusing their students have come to light after a Nonthaburi teacher was caught on video pushing a kindergarten student to the floor, pulling a student across the floor and repeatedly hitting other students. Now more classroom videos of teachers allegedly abusing their students are being widely shared online as well as photos of children’s marks and injuries from the alleged abuse.

Meanwhile, the main Thonburi school, at the centre of the current allegations, has agreed to pay compensation, including refunding school fees, paying medical costs, and better screening and scrutiny of teaching staff.

The Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School teacher in Nonthaburi, a suburb north of Bangkok, faces charges of physical assault and violating the Child Protection Act. The incident also prompted an investigation into all 42 Sarasas private schools by the Office of the Private Education Commission. 34 out of the 42 schools have complaints filed against them, according to the Nation Thailand.

A nursery teacher in Nakhon Pathom, Central Thailand, is now under fire after classroom surveillance camera footage was released on the internet showing the teacher allegedly pitching a 3 year old boy. The boy cried and a photo of his hand shows the red marks that appeared to break through some of the skin. The boy’s parents filed a police complaint last month, but they say nothing has been done. Following the reports of the Sarasas teacher, the father shared a video of his son allegedly being pinched by the teacher

“We wish to pursue legal action against the teacher, but it has been a month since we filed the complaint and there is still no progress. The school staff visited us only once and said the teacher has been fired.”

The parents say their son had nightmares about the incident, waking up crying and saying his hand hurts. They say the boy didn’t want to go to the school anymore, so they stopped sending him.

In another case that has recently come to light, a pro-democracy activist Nuttaa Mahattana says she will sue a teacher who allegedly punished students by hitting their hands. The Nation Thailand says the slapping students hands is not a punishment allowed by the Education Ministry.

While the punishment has nothing to do with political views, the teacher allegedly said students were “very wicked” and “ungrateful” joining a pro-democracy demonstration at the school. A video of her comments was shared on social media.

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SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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2 inmates escape from Krabi prison

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Police are looking for 2 men who allegedly escaped from a prison in Krabi. The inmates allegedly cut an iron bar and exited through a window. The inmates were then able to climb over a barbed wire fence, using 3 blankets tied together as a rope for support.

Prison guards guess the men, 32 year old Arnon Denmad and 47 year old Monthon Kansaman, escaped sometime between 3am and 6am. The men were serving drug sentences at the Krabi prison. Reports do not say how much prison time the men had left or details about their crimes.

Police are reviewing surveillance camera footage in the area as well as at local bus station to see if the men fled on a bus out of town. Investigators are also reviewing the list of visitors to see who spoke with the men over the last 2 weeks.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Man arrested for fake immigration documents operation at Bangkok grocery store

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A Burmese man was arrested after he allegedly faked work permit documents and stamps, operating at a produce shop in Bangkok near the Myanmar Embassy. After a number of cases involving Burmese migrants with fake visa documents and bogus stamps, immigration officers investigated the grocery store, posing as customers.

Many customers entering the grocery store didn’t buy vegetables and were seen exchanging documents, according to Thai media. After going undercover and collecting evidence, immigration officials arrested the Burmese man, Thai media reports as Ong, and 2 women allegedly involved in the scheme. They searched the property and found a large number of Myanmar passports and various kinds of stamps.

Ong allegedly admitted to producing fake immigration stamps, work permit applications and other immigration documents. He charged around 2,000 to 3,000 baht for his services, police say. Ong, who has lived in Thailand for a while and can read Thai, allegedly told police he acquired legal work permits and the proper documents, becoming familiar with the stamps and documents needed by immigration. He allegedly told police he copied immigration stamps as well as stamps from hospitals used on medical certificates.

Thai media says immigration police are now expanding their investigation to crack down on other operations producing fake visa documents and stamps.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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