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Army orders investigation into soldier’s death

Maya Taylor



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The Royal Thai Army is to carry out an internal investigation into the death of a soldier at a military base in the north-eastern province of Khon Kaen. 21 year old Rachata Senasanit was found hanged on November 1, with an initial probe ruling his death as suicide.

However, the victim’s father, Surachai Senasanit, claims an employee at Srinagarind Hospital’s forensic science department told him the soldier’s arm appeared to have been pierced by something sharp. The result of an autopsy carried out by the hospital is not known and Surachai is not convinced his son did kill himself.

Army spokesman Santipong Thampiya says an investigation has been launched and will be carried out by senior army investigators. Meanwhile, Preecha Kengsarikit of Khon Kaen police, says their investigation is also ongoing, with officers looking at everyone who had contact with the soldier prior to his death.

There have been 3 deaths of army soldiers recently, with Anusorn Iamsa-ard from the Pheu Thai Party calling for a House committee to be set up to investigate the military. On November 6, the body of Private Pitchawat Wiangnont was found in his bathroom at a base in the north-eastern province of Roi Et, with the army again saying he died by hanging. Another soldier, Sataporn Piadpad, died while being held in a cell at an army base Phetchabun, northern Thailand.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Too many “mysterious” deaths in military establishments! Bit more than coincidence!

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    Stephen Haslam

    Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 6:39 am

    An independent enquiry is required

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      Issan John

      Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 11:58 am

      I’m not defending the Thai military in anyway over this or the many similar deaths, but internal enquiries are standard practice in similar circumstances in the West (UK, USA, and Australia for example).

      Like the police, the military system needs completely re-vamping (as it does equally badly in the UK, for example, where it’s a self-sucking lollipop) but an enquiry into one death, however regrettable, will just keep kicking the can further down the road without addressing the core issues.

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