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Senior Military Officer Investigated for Threatening Police and Woman

A senior military officer is under investigation after a video surfaced on June 10, showing him threatening police officers and a woman. The officer, reportedly identified as a lieutenant general, can be heard in the video claiming, “Do you know who I am?” and threatening to transfer the entire police station staff.

The incident began when the lieutenant general reversed his vehicle towards a woman, nearly causing an accident. Following this, he engaged in a heated exchange with police officers at the scene, insisting he was a doctor with many patients waiting and using his rank to intimidate the officers, threatening to reassign every officer at the station.

The confrontation continued at the police station, where the officer maintained his aggressive stance and denied any wrongdoing. The army headquarters swiftly responded to the incident. Deputy Army spokesperson Richcha Suksuwan clarified that the officer does not belong to the army headquarters but is associated with the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence, which launched an investigation into the matter.

Further details were provided by Ministry of Defence spokesperson Jirayu Huangsap on a talk show. He confirmed that the lieutenant general in question is a distinguished officer in an advisory role within the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence and currently assists the Army Medical Department. Jirayu emphasized that both the army and the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Defence are committed to a thorough investigation, as reported by Khaosod.

The video has garnered significant public scrutiny, with widespread criticism of the officer’s behavior and concerns about accountability measures within the military. The incident has ignited discussions on the abuse of power and the need for stricter regulations to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

As the investigation progresses, the Defence Ministry reiterated its dedication to upholding discipline and respect within its ranks. The investigation’s outcome will likely determine any disciplinary actions against the officer involved. In attendance during the public discussions were various officials from the military and defence sectors, who have pledged to ensure transparency and justice in handling the case.

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