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    Back in uniform: minister's son allowed back in army

    Back in uniform

    (BangkokPost.com)

    Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said on Tuesday he has signed permission for Duang Yubamrung to return to the army, less than seven years after he was cashiered over accusations he was involved in the night club murder of a policeman.

    "I do not know which office he will return to, but I already signed the approval," Mr Samak told reporters Tuesday. "It is effective now."

    Duang, formerly known as Duangchalerm, is the son of Interior Minister Chalerm Yubamrung. He was dismissed from the army in October, 2001, after the murder of a policeman inside a Ratchadaphisek night club.

    He was removed from his post and stripped of his rank after he failed to report for work within 15 days.

    He fled to Malaysia to avoid murder charges. After almost a year on the run, he surrendered for trial. He was acquitted of the murder charge by the Criminal Court.

    After his acquital, police did not seek another suspect, and there have been no other arrests. Several witnesses who testified said they had received threatening telephone calls to warn them not to tell what they had seen, and no direct testimony ever was admitted.

    "He was a soldier. Now his (criminal) case is over so there is no problem for him to return to the army," Mr Samak said.

    Duang's brother Wan, previously known as Wanchalerm, also got permission from Mr Samak to take a posialtion in the new government, where his father is a minister. Public Health Minister Chaiya Saosomsab promoted him to be Mr Happy Toilet, to teach Bangkokians how to use the loo.

    Together, during the 1990s, the Yubamrung brothers were well known to, and openly reviled by Bangkok society for a series of violent confrontations in night clubs. Cases brought to trial always wound up with lack of witnesses.

    Mr Chalerm claimed to the media that Duang had not asked him to intervene in his case. The premier does not have to discuss this with him, said Mr Chalerm, because Mr Duang's former rank is not high.

    Mr Duang served as a sub-lieutenant at the Armed Forces Security Centre before he was accused of the policeman's murder.

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    Re: Back in uniform: ministers son allowed back in army

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said on Tuesday he has signed permission for Duang Yubamrung to return to the army, less than seven years after he was cashiered over accusations he was involved in the night club murder of a policeman.
    "I do not know which office he will return to, but I already signed the approval," Mr Samak told reporters Tuesday. "It is effective now."
    Duang, formerly known as Duangchalerm, is the son of Interior Minister Chalerm Yubamrung. He was dismissed from the army in October, 2001, after the murder of a policeman inside a Ratchadaphisek night club.


    Hmmm.. which news is more unbelievable? The guy who married a snake or this one?

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    Re: Back in uniform: ministers son allowed back in army

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    "He was a soldier. Now his (criminal) case is over so there is no problem for him to return to the army," Mr Samak said.
    "Mr Duang id a good boy. He id good buddid becaud I see him meditad."

    "Also, also, the polid-man who accidentally died id a communit! A communit!"

    "So plead.... don't ark me thid quation anymore. Why you ask me thid quation? Why? Why? Next time do your homework fird!"


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    Re: Back in uniform: ministers son allowed back in army

    'Give Duang a chance'


    Chalerm's second son rejoins the Army despite his dishonourable discharge in 2002 - all with the PM's blessings

    By Tossaporn Wongwalakayoot,

    Montien Inthaket

    Daily Xpress

    Prime Minister Samak Sun-daravej says he has approved Duang Yoobamrung's application to rejoin the military, adding that he is not worried about any political fallout.

    Duang, the son of outspoken Interior Minister Chalerm, was dishonourably discharged in 2002 on charges of desertion. In 2001, Duang had fled to Malaysia after being accused of shooting an on-duty decorated police officer in a nightclub brawl.

    He surrendered the following year and was acquitted from the charges later.

    Samak, who kept quiet all yesterday morning, finally broke his silence in the afternoon after the Cabinet meeting, acknowledging that he has okayed Duang's application and that the media should not make a big deal out of it because "he is just one individual".

    However, speculation is rife about Chalerm having lobbied certain channels to get his son back in the military.

    Duang served as a sub-lieutenant in the Armed Forces Security Centre, the main intelligence unit for the military, before being discharged in 2001.

    In an interview with Daily Xpress, Duang said he was not being "reinstated", but that he had applied to become a commissioned officer in line with "family tradition". "It's a big misunderstanding. I was not reinstated. I applied for it a few years ago with my qualifications. I didn't find out about it until the prime minister made a statement today."

    Echoing Samak's reasoning, Duang's older brother Wan said his sibling has every right to return to the military because he was not found guilty of any crime.

    "The court acquitted him [of alleged murder]. If Duang was not a son of Chalerm Yoobamrung, his return to the Army would not be a big issue at all," Wan said.

    He added that Duang would have been a captain by now if it weren't for the legal dispute. "I beg you all to give him a chance. My family wants to make a contribution to this society."

    Supatra Rodwimut, wife of murdered Sergeant Suwichai Rodwimut, said she was shocked. "I have no words to describe how I feel. I'm just an ordinary woman. I have no power to fight. I hope one day the sin he committed will catch up with him."

    Supreme Commander General Boonsrang Niampradit declined to comment, saying he has yet to be informed.

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    IN A NUTSHELL

    >> Oct 29, 2001: Sergeant Suwichai Rodwimut is shot dead inside the Twenty Pub, allegedly during a brawl with Duang Yoobamrung and his friends. Police call Duang for questioning but he disappears. Police begin a nationwide search but fail to find him.

    >> May 2, 2002: After six months on the run, Duang walks into the Thai Embassy in Malaysia and says: "Help me get home". He shows up with his eldest brother, Artharn, and his uncle, Thalerng.

    >> March 26, 2004: Duang is acquitted by the Criminal Court on grounds that prosecutors presented insufficient evidence and conflicting witness testimonies.

    >> May 25, 2004: Suwichai's wife Supatra appeals against the verdict.

    >> July 5-6 , 2004: Prosecutors and police agree not to appeal against the verdict.

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    Re: Back in uniform: ministers son allowed back in army

    Chalerm defends his son's military reinstatement

    Interior Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said Wednesday that he presided over a ceremony to decorate his youngest son, Duang, with his restored rank of sub lieutenant at their private residence.

    Chalerm however refused to comment whether the ceremony was a privilege accorded to the son of a Cabinet member.

    He was speaking at a press conference at the Interior Ministry in a bid to quell the controversy surrounding Duang resuming the military service.

    He said it happened under the prescribed procedures and did not side stepped any rules.

    "I want to comment on the issue for the last time, so listen carefully," he said.

    The Secretariat of the Defence Minister directly handled the reinstatement because Duang was stripped of his rank seven years ago by a ministerial order issued in connection with his alleged involvement in a murder, he said.

    Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej issued a direct order for Duang to resume the military service, hence bypassing the normal military channel through the Armed Forces Security Centre, where Duang was commissioned, and the Supreme Command, he said.

    He insisted his son was stripped of his rank within five days after the murder case broke in 2001.

    "My son did not desert his duty and he is entitled for reinstatement after winning an acquittal - he is innocent," he said.

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    Re: Back in uniform: ministers son allowed back in army

    PERSONALITY



    Now An officer and...

    By Chankit Trakoolwilai
    Sunday Xpress

    Can leopards change their spots? Just ask bad-boy-turned-good Duang Yoobamrung

    Duang Yoobamrung believes nobody is calling him "notorious" any more.
    "My life has changed. Today, if someone stepped on my foot, I would forgive them," says the youngest son of Interior Minister Chalerm.
    Duang was often in the spotlight in his younger days as a bar-room brawler, his catch phrase "Don't you know who my father is?" He says his life as a wealthy lad about town is over.

    In the past
    Duang fled charges of murdering Police Sergeant Suwichai Rodwimut in October of 2001 at the Twenty Pub on Ratchadaphisek. After 18 months on the run, he turned himself in.
    He says the year he spent on remand was like "hell on earth".
    In March 2004, Duang walked free after the Criminal Court ruled there was insufficient evidence to secure a prosecution. Conflicting witness testimony added to the reasonable doubt.
    The court may have acquitted Duang, but society had already passed judgement.

    Court of public opinion
    Internet chatter pronounced this bad boy guilty, but Duang takes it in his stoic stride. He lives with the knowledge many think he's a sociopath, and probably a killer. He blames the news media for this.
    "But," Duang says, "these days when I'm in a club I know the teenagers there know who I am. They're cool ... fine. But when they get drunk, there's some poking and prodding. That's normal".
    "After I was acquitted on the [murder] charge, I promised myself I wouldn't get into a situation like that again."

    A new leaf
    And these days he rarely goes nightclubbing. He prefers pubs. "I'm getting older. My style has changed. Pubs and restaurants are better than loud clubs."
    When people meet him or see him out they either "stand still like they've had an electric shock or start whispering to each other, asking themselves if it's really me or not. I usually go over and say: 'Yes, it's me' ".
    Duang says guys try to touch him, and some of the bolder ones try to befriend him. He walks away when he gets annoyed.
    Back in the old days, Duang got a kick out of having his bodyguards around. Not now.
    "When I arrive at a club, the owners who recognise me ask if I want guards." He wishes they would just leave him alone.
    "Bodyguards bring down my image."

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    Re: Back in uniform: ministers son allowed back in army

    Only time will tell...

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    Re: Back in uniform: minister's son allowed back in army

    This guy is the best! Just recently, he was tasked to lead a special team (of police?)to raid some suspected prostitutition or/and gambling joint in Samut Prakan. Who won't run seeing him holding a gun and chasing after him?! In my opinion, they should task him to lead a special team to go to the South. Then, I think public opinion about him will change. Thanks Khun Don for the handsome photo of him. I'll be sure I won't go step on his foot if I see him in public.

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    Re: Back in uniform: ministers son allowed back in army

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    'Give Duang a chance'

    IN A NUTSHELL

    >> Oct 29, 2001: Sergeant Suwichai Rodwimut is shot dead inside the Twenty Pub, allegedly during a brawl with Duang Yoobamrung and his friends. Police call Duang for questioning but he disappears. Police begin a nationwide search but fail to find him.

    >> May 2, 2002: After six months on the run, Duang walks into the Thai Embassy in Malaysia and says: "Help me get home". He shows up with his eldest brother, Artharn, and his uncle, Thalerng.

    >> March 26, 2004: Duang is acquitted by the Criminal Court on grounds that prosecutors presented insufficient evidence and conflicting witness testimonies.

    >> May 25, 2004: Suwichai's wife Supatra appeals against the verdict.

    >> July 5-6 , 2004: Prosecutors and police agree not to appeal against the verdict.
    Was the above item a misprint? Or did I misread it? Interesting! Why did Suwichai's wife appeal against his acquittal-any further news about this?

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    Re: Back in uniform: ministers son allowed back in army

    Quote Originally Posted by Marie View Post
    Was the above item a misprint? Or did I misread it? Interesting! Why did Suwichai's wife appeal against his acquittal-any further news about this?
    Suwichai is the wife of the victim. She appealed after the accused, Duang was acquitted.

    There are some unclear details in this matter because I don't know why Duang's mother kept insisting in public that the son suffered a great deal in jail? I didn't know he ever spent time in jail. I also thought he was on the run for almost 1 year? Anyway, if he was in the army and he AWOL (absence without official leave), he should be court marshalled. Since the millitary already stripped him from his post due to his absence from duty, I don't know how they can ever argued he was innocent and he AWOL because he had to fled from the authority? His re-instatment is not just an insult to the intelligence of the general public but also shows how arrogant this government is.

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