Whistle-blowing Thai soldier puts spotlight back on graft in the army

Sergeant Narongchai Intharakawi, an army clerk, alleges he is being punished for exposing graft that the army itself has since acknowledged. ST PHOTO: TAN HUI YEE
Sergeant Narongchai Intharakawi, an army clerk, alleges he is being punished for exposing graft that the army itself has since acknowledged. ST PHOTO: TAN HUI YEE

A Thai soldier challenging disciplinary action has dragged military graft back into the national spotlight, four months after the kingdom's worst mass shooting pressed the army to promise reform.

Army clerk Sergeant Narongchai Intharakawi, 33, alleges he is being punished for exposing graft the army itself has since acknowledged. He refuses to serve detention for an alleged disciplinary infraction, and could be tried in a military court for dereliction of duty.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 07, 2020, with the headline 'Whistle-blowing Thai soldier puts spotlight back on graft in the army'. Print Edition | Subscribe