Another inquest blames army

21 12 2012

Reports at The Nation and Bangkok Post indicate that a court has blamed the Army for a fourth death in May 2010. In this case, the victim was “a 14-year-old boy, who did not belong to either red or yellow-shirt camp, was indeed killed by troops on May 15, 2010.” He was Khunakorn Srisuwan.

This child “had attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and was staying at an orphanage of the International Islamic Relief Organisation in Suan Luang district…”. He was “shot in the back on Mor Leng Road in front of the OA movie theatre about 20 metres off Ratchaprarop Road early on May 15, 2010.” Previously he had been “playing near a military bunker at the Ratchaprarop station of the Airport Rail Link near the theatre…”.

The court heard that “soldiers from the 31st Artillery Battalion and the 3rd Infantry Battalion had restricted access to the area and the vicinity around Ratchaprarop Road. Their command unit was at the Airport Rail Link station.”

The inquest discovered that a “fragment of a rifle bullet was found in his wound. Soldiers who were deployed in the area used M16 assault rifles, the court said, ruling that the stray bullet came from a soldier’s rifle.”

The killing occured “under a state of emergency declared by then-prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s government amid the anti-government red-shirt protests” and in “an operation under the order of the Centre for Resolution of the Emergency Situation.”




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