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Reports link two more civilian deaths to Army

Two more cases from the 10 reports purported to be leaked from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) claim that soldiers were likely behind the deaths of two more bystanders during the April/May rally.

The reports, obtained by The Nation, stated that 71-year-old Boonmee Rermsuk was likely killed by a bullet from a line of soldiers. The bullet hit Boonmee on May 14 in front of the Rabiang Thong restaurant on Rama IV Road near Lumpini Park. He became fatality No 92 when, on July 28, he succumbed to a blood infection from a bullet wound in his abdomen.

The alleged report said Boonme's recorded statement soon after he was shot revealed that he believed the bullet came from the direction of the soldiers' barricade on Rama IV Road. Boonmee was paying his bill at about 4pm in front of the restaurant and insisted he had nothing to do with the protest.

This coupled with the forensic report and four witness accounts led investigators to conclude the shooting was "likely to be that of a soldier" acting on duty, according to the report.

Another bystander also killed by a gunshot was Pan Kamkorng, a taxi driver who was watching the soldiers shooting at a van heading towards an Army barricade on Rajprarop Road on May 15. Witnesses said Pan was shot after several rounds had been fired. A high-velocity bullet hit his upper left arm, cutting a main blood vessel. The blood loss proved fatal.

One witness, a police officer, name withheld, said Pan was a mere bystander. Another witness - witness No 2 - and a security guard concurred. The report concluded the death was "likely caused" by a soldier's bullet and recommended the case be taken up further by police and judicial system.

The 10 allegedly leaked reports obtained by The Nation concluded that 13 of 16 fatalities investigated were likely caused by soldiers acting on duty. They urged police to investigate and courts to consider the cases in accordance with law.


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