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Leaked transcript allegedly shows attempt to get Red Bull heir off the hook

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A report published by Thai-language outlet, Isra News, allegedly contains a leaked transcript of 2 police officers and a public prosecutor discussing how to change the recorded driving speed of Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya.

The Red Bull heir was accused of killing Bangkok police officer, 47 year old Wichian Klanprasert, in 2012, by crashing his Ferrari into the officer’s motorbike, dragging him and the bike for over 100 metres, before speeding off. In July, a decision to drop all charges against Vorayuth, who fled overseas in 2017, caused a national outcry, prompting PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to call for an independent inquiry into the handling of the case.

The leaked transcript published by Isra News allegedly contains details of a phone call between 2 senior police officers and a public prosecutor, as they discuss how to amend a key piece of evidence that was instrumental in the charges being dropped, namely the speed at which Vorayuth was travelling when he crashed into the victim. The unnamed prosecutor can be heard discussing what the speed should be.

“I want [the speed] to be at 79.22 [kmph] as professor Saiprasit calculated. According to the law, the speed cannot exceed 80, so I ask it to be within that range. I kindly ask the commander since the prosecutor office wants to help. We want them to feel relieved. They intend to help as much as they can, so I want to ask you frankly.”

Someone else, thought to be a police officer, also discusses the driving speed.

“The professor was able to calculate the speed at 79.22 [kmph]. Can we work out the same number as him?”

In response, another officer suggests keeping the original, higher maximum speed.

“May I suggest keeping 177 as the maximum speed, so we can calculate the new minimum speed. We can’t really say that 177 [kmph] is entirely wrong.”

Another person responds: “So, don’t say that it’s wrong. We use different formulas. It’s an error from calculation.”

Khaosod English reports that 5 people are involved in the talks, but Isra News names only Thanasit Taengchan, a forensic police officer who inspected the scene of the hit-and-run incident. The other 4 involved in the conversation are named only as the “prosecutor,” the “1st police colonel,” “2nd police colonel,” and a “lieutenant police general.”

An independent report into the handling of the case was recently submitted to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, but very few details have been made public. Vicha Mahakun, the former National Anti-Corruption Commissioner who chaired the inquiry, says the report reveals attempts by officials to conspire to get Vorayuth off the hook. However, he has very little to say on the leaked transcript.

“I don’t know how it leaked. I can’t say that it’s genuine, since the PM has not decided to release the full report. It’s currently a state secret.”

However, Isra News claims the transcript forms part of the evidence contained in Vicha’s report and presented to the PM. The PM admits at least 10 officials, including prosecutors and police officers, are accused of corruption and mismanagement in the case against Vorayuth. However, he has stopped short of naming any of them.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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    LingLek

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    I doubt anyone is surprised. But it’s sad that these officers would try to protect a guy that just murdered one of their colleagues, presumably for some kind of payoff from the family. That’s about as low as it gets.

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      Sarah Smith

      Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 3:54 am

      Very sad,, but $$$$ talks bull*** walks.. What goes around comes around…. I live in London,,, this “Boss” lives in London.. Hated in Thailand,, hated here also… Never going to be able live normal live not looking over shoulder.. Thats just too bad!!!

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Most police forces in the world, would want some punk driving an expensive fast car his rich family had bought, severely punished for killing one of their police officers by driving well over the speed limit.
    But these are Thais, who ignore ethics, honesty, integrity, and justice for money.
    Remember what they are when dealing with this scum.

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      murika

      Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      i think racist like you are worst than corrupt policemen….

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A 25 year old Phuket man who was allegedly beaten and shot by an off-duty, drunken police officer, will never walk again as he remains paralysed in the hospital. The news, according to doctors at Vachira Phuket Hospital, comes after Aroon Thongplab, was shot from a close range, with the bullet hitting his spine.

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The Phuket Provincial Court is allowing Pornthep to go out on bail, despite the Royal Thai Police asking the court to keep in locked up.

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