Ombudsmen asked to probe northern army commander’s remark on “full auto firing” in shooting Lahu activist

The Association to Protect Thai Constitution (APTC) today officially asked the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate and punish the Third Army Region for what it described it an aggressive remark over the shooting of the Lahu hill tribe activist youth.

The remark was made by the northern army region commander during a press interview on the fatal shooting of the 21-year-old youth Chaiyaphum Pasae at a road checkpoint in Chiang Dao district of Chiang Mai province.

He was reported to say if it is me, it will be full-auto shooting.

The commander was referring to the fatal shooting by a soldier who shot the youth with his assault rifle in a semi-auto firing mode (firing a single shot each time the trigger is pulled).

Association secretary-general Srisuwan Janya called such remark an abuse of the justice system and a gross violation of the regulation of the Ministry of Defence, and of the military discipline.

He asked the ombudsmen to punish the officer.

In addition, the APTC also asked the ombudsmen to probe into a border casino near the Thai-Cambodian border opposite Buriram province on which it claimed state officials might have interest for facilitating the building of the casino, and also might be guilty of negligence of duty.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)