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PM says probe on Boss case released tomorrow

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“It is clearly written, nothing hidden, all the names, their ranks and their respective units.”

Details of an investigation into the alleged mishandling of the Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya hit-and-run case will be made public tomorrow (Tuesday), according to Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. A fact finding committee set up by the PM has been reviewing the 2012 hit-and-run case where the Red Bull heir allegedly ran over and killed a 47 year old police officer in Thong Lor, Bangkok.

Head of the panel and former election commissioner Vicha Mahakhun says the 100 page report has been condensed to a 10 page summary and it is currently being reviewed by Prayut. He says information such as the names and ranks of police officers involved has not been redacted. A press conference is set for tomorrow following a Cabinet meeting on the report.

“A glance through the summary report and you will know who is at fault. The details are all there. You (the media) will know all when you read the report tomorrow. It is clearly written, nothing hidden, all the names, their ranks and their respective units.”

“There are some recommendations outlined in the report that require the Cabinet’s consent and it will be discussed in a meeting tomorrow before the contents are released to the media. Those who mishandled the hit-and-run case or helped Boss in any way will be dealt with accordingly.”

The office of the attorney general dropped a charge for reckless driving causing death, claiming the incident was caused, instead, by the victim who cut in front of Boss’s Ferrari. One of the 2 witnesses, who provided this alternate story of the events of September 2012, died in a motorcycle incident 3 weeks ago. The new witness testimony, that appeared 7 years after the original event, plus a policeman’s “new” report on the speed Boss’ Ferrari was travelling at the time, were the reasons the deputy director of the OAG used for dropping the final, and most important, “reckless driving causing death” charge.

Boss got out of going to court 8 times (his lawyer always citing ‘other business’ as reason’s for his client’s ‘no show’) before he fled the country in 2017, using his family’s private jet to fly to Singapore, and then abandoned the plane. He hasn’t kept a low profile either. He’s been photographed at events, including Red Bull events, but Thai police insist they do not know his whereabouts. But photographers have been able to track him down a number of times since he fled the country.

2 other panels have investigated the alleged mishandling of the case by police and prosecutors. The National Anti-Corruption Commission investigated the case and filed charges against 11 police officers and former police officers. The Royal Thai Police investigated the case and say 20 police officers allegedly produced a misleading report.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Hristo Bytrek

    Monday, August 31, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    It’s exactly the same behavior from the top to the bottom. A big shame for the fake country Smiling Siam!

    พฤติกรรมเหมือนกันทุกประการตั้งแต่บนลงล่างปัญหาใหญ่เกี่ยวกับการคอรัปชั่นการโกหกการรักเงินอย่างสุด ๆ ดังนั้นการโกหกเพื่อรับสินบนเหมือนกับการเหยียบคนตาย เสียดายใหญ่ประเทศปลอมยิ้มสยาม!

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, August 31, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Oh very clever.
    It is like racing to a bank robbery with sirens blaring.
    The guilty will flee the scene.
    Or maybe not. Perhaps they are counting on their brothers in brown to get them off the hook.
    It promises to be an interesting spectacle during the coming months.
    Certain police noses will become as long a Pinocchio’s nose.

    PS how will they wear their virus masks?

    lol

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      Roger

      Monday, August 31, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      They can track down and take pictures of people who speak out about the government in other countries but not this guy don’t know where he is?

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    sam thompson

    Monday, August 31, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    I feel that using ‘mishandling’ to describe the subterfuge, obfuscation, lies and corruption used by the various parties involved in the alleged and attempted prosecution of this ‘terrible excuse for a human being’ is neither accurate nor appropriate…..so much shame for those involved in the corruption of justice and the good name of Thailand and its people

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    albertone

    Friday, September 4, 2020 at 9:32 am

    anyway he is still on the run…

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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At-risk members of Thailand’s Social Security scheme can get free Covid-19 tests in Bangkok starting tomorrow. The Ministry of Labour will provide the tests, covering members under Sections 33, 39, and 40 of the Social Security Act. The programme will be held at the Bangkok Youth Centre (Thai-Japan) in Bangkok’s Din Daeng district.
The ministry expects to test up to 300 people per hour, with results to be received in 1 to 2 days. If anyone is found to be infected, they will be sent to hospitals under the Social Security scheme for free treatment. Currently, 81 hospitals are registered with the ministry, offering a total of over 1,000 beds.
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Meanwhile, 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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FILE PHOTO: Millions traveled for Songkran, but not nearly as many as usual, like this 2013 Songkran photo.

Covid-19 and its third wave be damned, close to 8 million vehicles travelled in and out of Bangkok so far during this year’s Songkran festival holiday period. Thailand’s Ministry of Transport released figures yesterday on the yearly holiday and revealed that more than 7.87 million cars, trucks, buses and motorbikes hit the roads and travelled into and out of Bangkok during the festival period, despite almost all official celebrations, events and gatherings being cancelled nationwide again this year.

The figures, calculating incoming and outgoing traffic between April 10 – 14, show that travel is much lower than originally predicted but massively higher than last year’s travel. The drop makes sense as many predictions may have been made before the last minute closures of entertainment venues and cancellation of Songkran events due to the recent third wave outbreak of the B117 strain of Covid-19.

The 7.87 million vehicles figure is about 30% lower than predicted. There were also an estimated 4.52 million people using public transportation such as buses over the holiday period, again lower than predicted, this time by about 36 per cent.

On the other hand, in what may be a bad sign for Thailand’s health, at a time when new daily records are being set for Covid-19 infections, many more people are ignoring the pandemic and travelling anyway.

The nearly 8 million vehicles on the roads to Bangkok during Songkran represent a nearly 35% increase over last years Coronavirus-muted figures. And when social distancing is of utmost importance, the 4 and a half million people travelling by public transport is a startling 74% increase over the nearly completely locked-down figures of 2020’s Songkran holiday period.

One final note for the “if Covid-19 doesn’t get you, climate change will” crowd: Of the 7.87 million cars, buses, trucks, and motorbikes on the road, a very non-eco-friendly 7.4 million of them were private vehicles.

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