A few days ago, Prachatai reported on another case of a soldier’s death while training. This kind of report is common as military officers sanction hazing, torture and repeated beatings of recruits and lower ranks.
This case is about “a soldier who allegedly died from ill-treatment during military training….”. Sub Lt Sanan Thongdinok “drowned to death on 6 June 2015 while swimming as part of the King’s Guard Regiment training course.”
The soldier “was forced to swim back and forth repeatedly by a trainer at the 1st Infantry Regiment King’s Own Guard in Bangkok until he became too tired and drowned before trainers could rescue him.”
A doctor from the Central Institute of Forensic Science “testified on 15 June that the soldier died from being submerged for longer than five minutes, causing heart failure, hypoxia and bleeding in the brain, liver, and kidneys, adding that his head had also sustained bruises from being hit with a blunt object.”
The “trainer was also in the swimming pool, but did not help Sanan when he was drowning.”
The hearing is ongoing.
King Vajiralongkorn takes a personal interest in the training of the King’s Guard troops. In recent times, one of his concubines, Suthida, was catapulted to the rank of General in the unit.