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Anti-corruption officials call on PM to reveal details of “Boss” inquiry



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The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand is calling on the Thai PM to disclose the findings of a recent inquiry into the handling of the “Boss” case. The hit-and-run case against Red Bull heir, Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, has been mired in controversy for years, and a decision in July to drop all charges was greeted with uproar around the country. The incident happened on September 3, 2012 when the Ferrari, with Boss at the wheel, slammed into a policeman’s motorbike, dragging him 100 metres down the road and killing him.

Now an open letter from ACT, addressed to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, urges him to share the findings of the inquiry he recently ordered, which was led by former National Anti-Corruption Commissioner Vicha Mahakun. Following completion of the inquiry, a full report now sits with the PM, but the names of those accused of mismanaging the case have not been revealed, nor have any details of the reported mismanagement been made public at this stage.

Instead, all that is in the public domain at this time are the 5 point recommendations made by the inquiry committee.

The report also identifies 8 groups of people involved in the decision to drop all charges against Boss. The Deputy PM, Wissanu Kreangam, has confirmed these include unnamed police officers, prosecutors, lawyers and civilians. The Royal Thai Police have already launched their own investigation into how officers mishandled the case.

The Vicha committee also points out that the deputy attorney-general should not have been charged with deciding whether or not to indict Boss, while simultaneously handling a complaint filed by the suspect.

Other than the points mentioned above, little else is known of the committee’s findings and the content of the report provided to the PM. The ACT is calling on the government to make the details public, including the names of those found guilty of corruption or mismanagement. It also calls on officials to punish those involved or risk further damaging the reputation of Thailand’s justice system and the government itself.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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