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A red shirt, who nearly lost his arm during a 2009 attack by the military, has pleaded for leniency after the court confiscated his land and bank account to repay the Royal Thai Army. On 10 August 2018, Sawai Thong-om and his lawyer submitted a petition to Government House asking for exemption from court and attorney’s fees of 212,114 baht in the lawsuit Sawai brought against the Royal Thai Army.
The Chiang Mai court has concluded that the young Lahu activist Chaiyaphum Pasae was killed by army bullets but would not say whether or not he attempted to fight back against the authorities, despite his family’s request. On 6 June 2018, the Chiang Mai Provincial Court ruled on the extrajudicial killing case of Chaiyaphum Pasae, a young ethnic Lahu activist who was shot dead by a soldier on 17 March 2017.
A post mortem has shown that an army conscript died from a chronic illness and not from ill-treatment. The mother has accepted the finding. Dr Chalita Chumyuang at Songklanagarind Hospital, Prince of Songkhla University, was reported by the Bangkok Post to have found that Adisak Noiphithak, a 21-year-old army private recently conscripted to Thep Satri Si Sunthon Camp in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, died from a chronic illness.
After social media attacks for criticising Thailand’s military conscription system, a former private says his criticisms should be used to make the army more professional. Phongsathon Chankaew, founder of the Way’s up media website and independent social worker, posted a Facebook message on 2 November 2017 about his decision to remove his earlier post about military conscription.
A deputy junta head alleged that there are people who planed to create chaos around the upcoming Royal Funeral. On 2 October 2017, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, a deputy junta head and Defence Minister, said at the meeting about security issues during the upcoming Royal Funeral for the late King Bhumibol on 26 October.
The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has announced that a soldier will be detained for 15 days for physically abusing suspected drug users on Ko Lan, Chonburi Province. The announcement came after a video clip of a soldier beating three drug suspects went viral on Facebook on 15 August. Other men in uniform watch the beating.
Doctors who examined the body of a soldier who allegedly died from ill-treatment during military training testified that he was left drowning for at least five minutes. The Civil Court on Ratchadaphisek Road, Bangkok, held witness hearings from 13-15 June 2017 on the death of Sub Lt Sanan Thongdinok, who drowned to death on 6 June 2015 while swimming as part of the King’s Guard Regiment training course.
Military has attempted to ban a book about the rice subsidy programme authored by politicians from the Pheu Thai Party. On 14 June 2017, Gen Chalermchai Sittisad, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, spoke to the media about a visit to the house of Yuttapong Charasathien, a former Pheu Thai MP and Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, by eight soldiers on 11 June.
The Army Commander-in-Chief has said an exiled extremist redshirt could be a suspect in the recent blast at a hospital run by the Army, adding the junta might bring back military trials for those who commit crimes against national security. On 25 May 2017, Gen Charlermchai Sitthisat, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, revealed that the authorities have compiled a list of suspects who could be behind the recent bombing of Phramongkutklao Hospital
The Army Cyber Centre (ACC) claims to have taken down 435 websites committing lèse majesté since October last year, when King Bhumibol passed away.