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No conclusion yet on Pakapong’s death

The investigation into the controversial death of Pakapong Meay Tanyakan, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, has not yet been completed, pending more information from witnesses, according to chairman of a fact-finding committee.

ACM Chawarat Marungruang, deputy chief of staff of the Supreme Command, chairman of the fact-finding comittee, said the investigation had been about 90% completed.

He expected the investigation result to be forwarded to Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, the supreme commander, on Dec 14.

ACM Chawarat added that the investigators were still gathering information from more eyewitnesses for some details on Pakapong's death.

The committee had held a meeting everyday from 8am-9pm. The meeting continued until the night of Dec 12.

He said it was not possible to reveal the result of the investigation during this time since the investigation report must first be submitted to the supreme commander, who would decide whether to hold a news conference to reveal the investigation result or to invite Pakapong's parents for talks, said ACM Chawarat.

According to his family, Pakapong, 18, died on Oct 17, one day after he returned to the school from a short break. The school's death certificate indicated that Pakapong had died of sudden cardiac arrest but gave no details.

The family sent Pakapong's body to undergo an autopsy at the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS). The autopsy found that his heart, bladder, stomach and brain went missing while the skull was filled with tissue paper.

This prompted the family to petition for justice, leading to the setting of of the fact-finding committee chaired by ACM Chawarat.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)