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PHOTO: Investigations and collection of forensic evidence in the morning after the fatal incident in 2012

In a carefully staged leaking of a document, the alleged “new evidence” has now been revealed which the Office of Special Prosecutors for Criminal Litigation claims was behind the dropping of the charges against Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya in a fatal road death in Bangkok in 2012. Meanwhile, the Thai PM has demanded an investigation into the dropping of charges and ordered a fact-finding panel to investigate the decision to drop charges against the Red Bull heir.

A “specialist” and witnesses who were driving cars in the area at the time of the incident, had made statements that Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya did not drive his Ferrari over the speed limit (he was estimated to be driving 177 kph at the time) and that the policeman “abruptly cut in front of his vehicle” are cited to be among the main reasons convincing prosecutors to drop charges against Boss.

Nate Naksuk, chief justice of the Department of Appealate Litigation, and acting attorney-general, signed the order to drop the charge of reckless driving causing death.

The document outlining some of the latest “evidence” to emerge in the cases, was given as the major reason prosecutors decided to drop the remaining charges of reckless driving causing death. The Office of the Attorney General claims that the new witnesses’ evidence was given “more weight” than previous evidence collected at the time and at the scene, including forensic evidence. The incident happened on September 3, 2012, nearly 8 years ago. The statute of limitations gave the charge of reckless driving causing death another 7 years to prosecute.

But the newly leaked documents claim that new “specialist witnesses”, senior police, inspections of the damage to the Ferrari and the victim’s motorcycle, compared it to other accidents, and agreed Boss’ sportscar could not have been travelling at 170 kmh at the at the time of the crash “and was not exceeding 80 kmh”.

A university engineering lecturer was also brought in to calculate the speed of both vehicles involved in the crash in 2012. He documented that Boss’ Ferrari was “likely travelling at 76.175 kmh”.

Just 8 months ago, 2 other witnesses were interviewed who told investigators they were driving behind the Ferrari just before the accident happened. They claimed that the victim (policeman) was travelling at no more than 20 kmh while Boss was driving between 50-60 kmh.

The Bangkok Post quotes parts of the leaked documents saying, prior to the crash, the victim’s motorcycle, which was in the far-left lane, abruptly changed lanes.

“One of the witnesses who was driving a pickup truck at the middle lane had to brake and managed to swerve to the left to avoid hitting the motorcycle. According to his statement, the motorcycle then changed lanes and cut in front of the Ferrari in the far-right lane, causing the Ferrari to crash into the motorcycle.”

So prosecutors surmised that the crash was a “force majeure” (unforeseeable circumstances) and that “the victim’s reckless driving contributed to the crash”. Their current position reverses the prosecutors’s earlier decision to indict Boss over the incident in 2012.

Leaked documents reveal the reasons behind prosecutors dropping

SOURCES: Bangkok Post

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    Max B

    Monday, July 27, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Innocent people don’t flee the country for 5 years especially if you can afford a good lawyer. If the leaked documents were true why did it take this long to come out? What would be the reason to hide this information? It all sounds fishy to me.

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    Tobias Krantz

    Monday, July 27, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    What is the more important question here, is why did he flee the scene of the accident if what he and his witnesses are saying is true? Oh how I want to be rich. Very fishy, this is remarkable that a Judicial system would be this corrupt to be so deeply involved in lies and deception.

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    Patrick Kelly

    Monday, July 27, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Money talks ….everything else walks. Been that way since money was invented.

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    Jeff

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Maybe wasn’t speeding but I doubt it. but he did drag a motorcycle cop under his car for many KM. Guilty as charged.

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Police in Bangkok are on the hunt for the owners of 2 nightclubs considered ground zero for a third wave of Covid-19 currently spreading around the country. The Krystal Club and Emerald Thonglor 13, in the capital’s fashionable Thonglor district, are currently closed, with the managers of both sentenced to 2 months’ imprisonment. However, officials are now attempting to track down the real owners of both establishments.

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UPDATE: The field hospital in Bangkok’s Bang Bon district, west of the Chao Phraya river, had its first 10 Covid patients today. The director of the medical services office of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says that the 10 patients into the makeshift hospital, located at the Chalerm Phra Kiat Stadium, will enable assessment of the performance by the medical team, before more patients arrive – Thai PBS World

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