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Gen Prawit apologises to Tunyakan family for his remarks

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has apologised to Tunyakan family for his remarks about the controversial death of Pakapong, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School.

Gen Prawit said on Friday (Nov 24) that he has instructed Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, the Supreme Commander, to ensure justice for the family in a straightforward manner without siding with the military.

He said if what he said about Pakapong had offended the Tunyakan family, he would like to apologise them for doing that.

In his interview to the media on Nov 22, Gen Prawit said disciplinary punishment in normal in the pre-cadet school. I have also gone through it. I went unconscious, but did not die, he said.

In that interview, when asked how to prevent cadets from being hurt when they are punished, Gen Prawit replied that they should not come if they don't want to be disciplined. We take only those who come wholeheartedly, he added.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha also expressed regrets to the Tunyakan family today (Nov 24). He apologised to all concerned if the matter has made the people feel uncomfortable.

He said he does not want to protect anyone and is trying to establish facts through both secret and open means, adding he is ready to take information from all sides.

Gen Prayut said nobody wants to see the loss of a valuable life. All training units of the armed forces must be more careful and take the responsibility for trainees like their own family members.

If a foul play is found in the fact-finding, there must be people taking the responsibility for it, he said.

The prime minister also asked people to stop making critical remarks, saying that doing so is not good to anyone, particularly the family of the death.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)