Army to take legal action against poster of defamatory video clips  

The Fourth Army says it is in the process of taking legal action against people involved for posting two video clips showing an army officer is beating an army conscript with stick.

The poster claimed the incident happened at the army barracks within the jurisdiction of the Fourth Army Region in Southern Thailand.

The clips went viral on the social media and led many people into believing that the Fourth Army officers were abusing the conscript.

In a press conference at the Internal Security Operations Command 4  Forward Command on Tuesday (Dec 12), spokesman Col Pramote Phrom-in said the clips had been widely disseminated on the internet since May this year.

Moreover, the place and uniforms of the officers in the first clip clearly showed the incident did not happen in Thailand and the officers in the clip were not Thai army officers.

On the second clip, he said it was the collection of the past several incidents between 2011-2013.

He said the Army had already appointed investigation committees to probe the incidents appeared in the second clip and had already punished all those officers involved which  included detention, imprisonment, suspension from work and dismissal.

He said it was apparently clear that these incidents did not happen during the time under the leadership of the current Fourth Army commander Lt Gen Piyawat Nakwanich.

He added the Army has gained information of the ill-intent people for posting the clips to slander the Fourth Army and is gathering evidence to prosecute them.