Thai army under pressure to explain cadet’s missing organs


BANGKOK: Thailand’s military faced mounting pressure on Friday to explain the murky death of a teenage army cadet, whose case has seized national attention after his parents discovered his organs were mysteriously removed from his body. The army said first-year cadet Pakapong Tanyakan died of heart failure late October at his army training school outside Bangkok. But his family was skeptical and ordered a second autopsy— only to find their son’s brain, heart, bladder and stomach were missing. The shocking discovery sparked public outcry and accusations of a cover-up by a military trailed by allegations of beatings and other abuse against young recruits that can turn fatal. The army has continued to deny foul play in Pakapong’s case, saying doctors removed his organs for further inspection and were not required to inform his family. But thousands in the junta-run nation have signed an online petition calling for the resignation of the cadet’s commanders.



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