The mother of Private Wichian Puaksom, who died after being beaten at a Narathiwat military camp in 2011, has accepted a 7-million-baht civil court settlement but is refusing to drop criminal charges against his alleged killers.
The government offered the compensation as settlement for a civil lawsuit brought by the victim's mother Prathuang Puaksom, a farmer and vendor in Songkhla.
She sought 14 million baht in reparations for the loss of her son, from three state bodies representing the soldiers accused of his murder _ the Defence Ministry, the army and the Prime Minister's Office, which oversees the Internal Security Operations Command.
Pvt Wichian died in 2011 after being beaten at the Narathiwat Ratchanakarin army camp by 13 low- and mid-ranking soldiers as punishment for disobeying orders and absconding from the camp.
The Songkhla native, who had been a monk and held a master's degree, had asked to serve in the restive far South in early May 2011 after being drafted into the army.
He died in Narathiwat Provincial Hospital's intensive care unit on June 5 the same year from multiple injuries, including acute renal failure and severe muscle damage.
The Human Rights Commission, which investigated the death at the request of the victim's family, said Pvt Wichian was beaten over the course of two days and was denied medical treatment by the army while fighting for his life. The family filed criminal cases against nine soldiers allegedly involved in the attack. They are still under investigation.