Deputy chief of an army prison charged in conscript’s death

Deputy commandant of the military prison in Surat Thani denied all the charges lodged against him by the police in connection with the death of a conscript held in custody in the prison.

Lt Thitikarn Wetchasit, deputy commandant of the 45th army circle’s prison, was on Monday escorted by Major Kittisak Karnseth, a judge-advocate officer, to report himself to Pol Col Wichob Kerdkliang, deputy commander of Surat Thani provincial police, to acknowledge the charges of malfeasance in office and assault causing death to another person.

The army officer was questioned for about three hours during which he denied all the charges. He was released by the police after the interrogation session as the military court rejected police request for an arrest warrant against him.

Lt Thiti was among ten army personnel charged for being involved in the fatal beating of a 22-year old conscript, Pvt Yutthakinan Boonnian, who eventually died on April 1.

The victim’s mother later lodged a complaint with the provincial police, claiming that he son, Yutthakinan, was beaten to death while he was detained at the military prison.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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