Army chief apologises for recruit's death

Yuthinan Boonniam who died after he was put into military detention as a punishment.
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The Army Commander-in-Chief on Monday apologised to Thais and expressed regret to the family of a conscript who died in hospital following his fatal torture at a military base in Surat Thani province.

General Chalermchai Sitthisa-ard also vowed to bring all those responsible to justice, saying the army is conducting an investigation into the death of Yuthinan Boonniam who died after he was put into military detention as a punishment.

He was sent from the detention centre to a hospital with a swollen face and bruises. The photos were widely shared on social media over the weekend.

Thailand army recruit killed at military base

  • Police have issued arrest warrants for five privates allegedly involved in the death of a conscript at Vibhavadi Rangsit Military Camp in Surat Thani Province,
  • while the family of the dead private will receive Bt230,000 (S$9,300) in compensation.
  • Pol Maj-General Apichart Bunsrirote, commander of Surat Thani provincial police, said the investigation into the death of Private Yuthkinan Boonniam, who was beaten to death inside the military camp compound, was progressing well and nearly completed.
  • An Army conscript has been beaten to death at Vibhavadi Rangsit Military Base in Surat Thani after violating military rules, it was reported in the social media on Saturday (April 1).
  • Private Yuthinan Boonniam was hospitalised with a swollen face and bruises before his death early on Saturday.
  • Facebook user “Bom Lung Lang” shared his pictures, with a caption saying that the young man was imprisoned in military jail for violating military rules and that he was severely beaten.
  • It was further reported that Yuthinan seriously suffered from injuries of his internal organs.
  • The medical team performed cardiac resuscitation four times but failed to save his life.
  • Heartbroken after her son's death, Renu Mhodrakee said her son was punished because he woke up late.
  • She said she had previously met Yuthinan on March 16 when he appeared healthy and happy. He was due to complete his service in October and return home to Surat Thani's Wiang Sa district.
  • She said she had previously met Yuthinan on March 16 when he appeared healthy and happy. He was due to complete his service in October and return home to Surat Thani's Wiang Sa district.
  • Fourth Army Region commander Lt-General Piyawat Nakwanich said the Army had already set up a committee to investigate the case, adding that Yuthinan's family would be properly compensated.

"I wish to send condolences to the family of the conscript and am ready to take legal action against all concerned. The incident is already under investigation," he said.

He said that he has emphasised in many meetings that there must not be assaults on the conscripts. "When this kind of incident happens, those responsible have to face prosecution according to the law. The superiors of those who are responsible for the incident will have to face disciplinary action for their lack of supervision that allowed this to happen," he said.

There would be no interference in the investigation, he said, adding he has already assigned the Fourth Army Region commander to take care of the family of the dead conscript..

"I want to apologise to society again and will try to solve the problems so that this will never happen again," he said.

He claimed tough discipline for conscripts has long been part of the army's practice, noting that the soldiers have to be trained to work along the border.

"They have to adhere strictly to the rules and those who do not face severe punishment," he said. However he insisted such activities have decreased.

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