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At yesterday’s hearing into the dropping of the Boss Yoovidhya ‘reckless driving causing death’ charge, the man who approved the dropping of the charges didn’t even bother turning up.

A panel, headed by a former chairman of a constitution drafting body, Borwornsak Uwanno, summonsed Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk to give statements at the independent committee looking into what lead to the dropped charges. But was a no-show at the hearings.

The deputy spokesman of the Office of the Attorney General, Prayuth Phetkhun, along with a group of prosecutors involved in the case, attended yesterday’s hearing. The hearing lasted about 5 hours.

There have been three committees set up to look into the dropping of the most serious of the charges against Boss, the ‘reckless driving causing death’ charge. The decision, not initially made public in Thailand but published in a CNN.com news article, sparked public outrage. The first committee was set up by Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-chaThe other 2 were launched by the Office of Attorney-General and the Royal Thai Police Office to examine their roles in the imbroglio.

Borwornsak Uwanno says he will be making sure the Deputy AG shows up to clarify his role in the issue. He didn’t provide any comments about why the Deputy AG didn’t attend the hearing.

“He will have to appear before the panel eventually.”

2 other people involved in the Red Bull heir’s case were able to provide valuable evidence.

• Somjai Tosukolwan served as deputy chief of the Department of Southern Bangkok Litigation when the case was handed to the prosecution.

• Nipaporn Rujanawong recommended that consideration of Mr Vorayuth’s petition calling for fair treatment should be dropped.

Mr Borwornsak said the hit-and-run case exposed what were deemed as weaknesses in the country’s Attorney General justice administration processes. Arising from the proceedings, it was found the Boss Yoovidhya, through his lawyers, used the ‘petition for fair treatment’ to stall the cases and Boss’s appearances in front of a Court.

Boss petitioned more than 10 times for ‘fair treatment’. The independent investigation panel has been gathering information about where and how those petitions were submitted.

The case has been meandering through the legal system since September, 2012 when the grey Ferrari, driven by Vorayuth ‘Boss’ Yoovidhya crashed into the back of a motorcycle driven by a 47 year old policeman who was killed after being dragged along the road for 100 metres in Thong Lor, Bangkok.

Boss was able to evade appearing in Court to face a series of charges for around 10 times citing ‘business meetings’ and questioning his ‘fair treatment’ as reasons for non-appearance at the hearings. He eventually Fred the country in 2017 using the family’s private jet, flying to Singapore, abandoning the plane and then making his way to the UK. He has been seen at Red Bull events since – the media have been able to track him down a number of times and snap photos.

Hearings will continue into the decision to drop the final charges against Boss today and tomorrow.

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    wayne Drummond

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Having had quite a bit of motor accident investigative exper=ience in my past, I would like to suggest that had the Ferrari been travelling at about 170KPH when it struck the rear of the motorcycle as depicted, I would expect to see significantly more folding of the motorcycle frame and the Ferrari front end. Unless the motorcycle was alo travelling at almot 170KPH. But the damage suggests a not too significant impact to my trained eyes.

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      me

      Monday, August 10, 2020 at 12:20 pm

      i agree. there’s no way he was going that fast. the officer probably died after being flung from his bike.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Good point Mr Drummond. I did not know that and I thought I knew everything.
    However maybe the car was breaking when it hit the motor cycle.
    I suppose the brakes are very good on a car of that calibre.

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    Gio Traveler

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Good to get an update on the Boss fiasco. Even with all the current attention it’s very likely this case will (once again) fade away given the resources of the family involved. Note to Thaiger staff: Your editing work needs some attention … this article is full of spelling errors, missing words, etc. You can do better.

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    Jop

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    That picture is not the actual bike, its a walk through to try to show what happened. The real bike is in pieces and not recognizable. When you hit anything at 170+kms an hour not much is going to be left

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      Toby Andrews

      Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10:48 am

      Oh it is not the actual bike?
      Yes of course. If it was the back wheel would have been at least detached, judging by the damage to the front of the car.

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    Geoff

    Monday, August 10, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    It’s the relative speed that matters.

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Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid-19 patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

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Thailand’s army is getting ready to deal with the influx of Covid-19 infections as its deputy spokeswoman says 2 more field hospitals are now in place. The hospitals are in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan to help ease the burden of hospitals in 2 of the hardest hit areas.

Already, an army field hospital has been set up at the Thanarat military camp, in conjunction with the Fort Thanarat Hospital, to accommodate 69 Covid patients from the Hua Hin Hospital and Rajamangala University of Technology’s field hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The Army Welfare Department and Phramongkutklao Hospital have also set up a field hospital in Bangkok’s Dusit district to help treat 86 additional Covid patients. And, in Songkhla province, the Rattanapol military camp is preparing to set up a 100 bed field hospital. Soldiers in PPE suits were also instructed to disinfect the Hat Yai International Airport.

The move to help accommodate hospitals was due to the army chief’s concerns over the recent 3rd wave, which has seen daily infections increase to the thousands. The chief instructed each army unit to provide extra beds and facilities to patients in each hospital after teaming with public health agencies.

Today, the CCSA announced 1,582 new Covid infections across Thailand in the past 24 hours. The small increase on yesterdays total will provide the CCSA with the information they need for this afternoon’s scheduled meeting, chaired by the Thai PM. It is expected that they will announce new restrictions but are unlikely to go for total lockdowns of provinces or ‘at risk’ districts. The Thaiger will bring this information to you ASAP after it is announced.

Here is the list of the current 18 red zone provinces which could have their restrictions raised at this afternoon’s meeting of the CCSA. Read more HERE.

Since April 1 there has been a steady growth of new infections, described as the third wave in Thai media – much higher than the number of daily infections in the first and second waves.

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