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RTAF’s probe panel: No physical assaults on cadet Pakapong

The Royal Thai Armed Forces' probe panel on the suspicious death of Pakapong Tanyakan, the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (AFAPS) student, found no physical assaults on the cadet and confirmed that he died from sudden heart failure.

ACM Chawarat Marungruang, chairman of the Royal Thai Armed Forces' probe panel on the death of Pakapong, held a press conference today (Dec 15) to reveal the probe result.

The 11-member panel, which was set up by Supreme Commander Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan earlier this month, questioned a total of 42 people, including 22 cadet students, 5 physicians, 7 AFAPS personnels, and 8 eyewitnesses.

ACM Chawarat said from the questioning of eyewitnesses and from the examination of CCTV camera footage, no one was found to have ordered physical assault or assaulted Pakapong.

The committee affirmed the forensic autopsy earlier conducted by the Phramongkutklao hospital that concluded sudden heart failure was the cause of his death.

He said the committee found two incidents that were relevant to Pakapong's death.

The first incident happened on Oct 10 when Pakapong fell eight steps from a 1.5 metre high stairs. He was sent for medical checkup at Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy School Hospita. The examination found no serious injuries.

The second incident was on Oct 17, the day of his death. The cadet appeared to have severe stress and later fallen unconscious. Doctors suspected he suffered from Hyperventilation before death.

Besides, the finding of his unusual size of heart muscle has led to conclusion by doctors that he died from sudden heart failure, ACM Chawarat said.

For the broken rib bone, the committee concluded that it was possibly caused by Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), which was carried on throughout the period of four hours.

He added that the cadet's parents will be invited to hear the result of the investigation on Dec 18.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)