Supreme commander orders investigation into death of pre-cadet

Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, the supreme commander, has ordered a fact-finding investigation into the death of a pre-cadet of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School after his family has called for justice, Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters spokesman Maj Gen Nathaporn Boonngam said on Tuesday (Nov 21).

Pichit Tunkarn and his wife Sukanya, the parents of Pakapong Tunkarn, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, had called for justice, saying that the death of their son was unusual.

They said that, according to a school report, Pakapong died of acute heart failure. But when the body was examined in an autopsy, many of his inside organs were found to have gone missing.

They demanded for justice and the return of their son's organs.

Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon was surprised when asked about this matter, saying that he had not been reported about this by the supreme commander.

Gen Thanchaiyan, the supreme commander, has ordered an investigation into the matter and assured justice for the pre-cadet and his family.

The supreme commander has also ordered the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, which is under the supervision of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, to report the matter in detail because what happened was shocking.

In the latest development, the family of Pakapong said if the inside organs of their son were not returned they would file a complaint for legal action against all concerned. If the organs were returned to them, they would undergo a DNA test and would be examined by doctors to find what actually caused the death.

The body of Pakapong would be kept and would not be cremated until the case is resolved, they said.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)