Findings on cadet’s suspicious death expected next week

The armed forces’ fact-finding committee is expected to conclude its findings on the cause of the suspicious death of Pakapong Tanyakan, freshman of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (AFAPS) next week.

The probe panel chairman, ACM Chawarat Marungruang, said Tuesday (Dec 5) that the panel had seven more witnesses to be questioned, which was expected to be completed on Wednesday, after which the parents of the cadet would be consulted to find out whether they still have any doubtful issues to be cleared up.

After that, he added that the panel would wrap up the investigation to come up with a detailed investigating report which would cover all issues related to the case.

Nevertheless, ACM Chavarat admitted that this tragic case posed both a crisis as well as an opportunity for the AFAPS to review the current system in the school.

As for the traditional disciplinary system at the AFAPS which came under heavy public criticism for being susceptible abuses by senior cadets in the treatment of their juniors, Supreme Commander Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan said that a panel consisting representatives from the three armed forces had been formed to consider adjusting the system to correspond with current circumstances.

Pakapong died at the AFAPS in Nakhon Nayok province on Oct 17. His parents have demanded clarification from the AFAPS about the actual cause of their 18-year-old son’s death and requested the Justice Ministry’s Central Institute of Forensic Sciences to conduct the second autopsy.