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Thai Navy seamen discharge follows investigation over trainee hazing

Tim Newton

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The Thai navy has quickly responded to yesterday’s public revelation about a Royal Thai Navy instructor who was dealing out punishments to new Navy recruits by forcing them to drink a cocktail including diluted human semen. The incident happened at the Sattahip Naval Base in October last year.

Petty Officer Second Class Thaksin Ngokpilai was first transferred to an “inactive post’, the usual discipline meted out in the police and armed forces for alleged transgressions, whilst they are being investigated. Thaksin was working for the Department of Security at the Royal Thai Navy.

He has now been jailed for at least 30 days and will face a full discharge after a Thai navy fact-finding panel decided the allegations were supported by evidence from a number of recruits coming forward over the matter.

The panel also decided the incident was already found to have “seriously sullied the reputation of the military”.

In a video, that went viral in Thai social media, Petty Officer Second Class Thaksin Ngokpilai was seen forcing trainees to drink what he said was “semen mixed with fish sauce”. The source of the cocktail has not been revealed.

The case came to light after a Facebook account “Khon Khao Muang Pathum” uploaded the video showing the instructor punishing a Navy conscript by forcing him to drink the offensive concoction.

At the time of the incident, Thaksin was training a new rotation of trainee marines. Admirals from Sattahip Naval Base said that the trainees in the video, who were subject to drinking human semen, were taking part in 6 months of marine training as part of their Bachelor’s degree program. The trainees have already finished the course and left the Navy.

In addition, the commander of the Royal Thai Marine Security Department is to be punished for 7 days and the head of the Security Department’s command will be punished for 15 days, according to a report in the Bangkok Post.

Hazing and initiation rituals are still rife in Thailand’s armed forces, police and even universities where some of the activities have lead to death and injury.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand. As founder of The Thaiger in 2016, Tim is the current English Content Manager for the company, based in their Bangkok HQ.

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