Soldier faces probe for sitting in parliament

Soldier faces probe for sitting in parliament

An unidentified combo image of an army captain sitting on the chair of the House president in the newly finished Suriyan Chamber at Parliament and his photo in full uniform.
An unidentified combo image of an army captain sitting on the chair of the House president in the newly finished Suriyan Chamber at Parliament and his photo in full uniform.

A junior soldier faces punishment after he sat on the House Speaker’s chair and laid his legs on its armrest.

Army spokesman Sirichan Ngathong said the soldier took a seat on the chair in the new chamber of the parliament. Col Sirichan said a picture was shared on social media on Wednesday.

A source said his commander will take action against him for "conducting himself in a disrespectful manner in a governmental office". Lt Gen Terdsak Damkham, chief of Directorate of Intelligence that he is subordinate to, has reportedly arranged a probe into the incident.

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said he summoned Sorasak Pienvej, secretary-general of the House of Representatives, to find out which parliamentary official brought the soldier to the parliament.

Mr Chuan said the building has been restricted during the Covid-19 outbreak and no outsider should have gained access to it.

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