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Prosecutors say they can’t indict Red Bull heir until police arrest him

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Prosecutors in the never-ending saga that is the case against Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, are shifting the blame for a lack of prosecution and pointing the finger at police. Prayuth Petchkhun from the Office of the Attorney-General says prosecutors’ hands are tied until Boss is arrested and brought to trial. The Red Bull’s exact whereabouts are unknown, but he is almost certainly not in Thailand. The last reported sighting of the fugitive was in Dubai.

He is wanted on charges of cocaine use and reckless driving causing death in a 2012 hit-and-run incident in which Bangkok police officer, Wichian Klanprasert, was killed. The charges were reinstated in September when the OAG said it had new evidence and new witnesses. The OAG’s earlier decision in July, to drop all charges against the Red Bull heir, caused national outrage and made international headlines, shining a not-very-flattering spotlight on Thailand’s justice system.

Vicha Mahakun, formerly of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, subsequently led an inquiry into the handling of the original case. His findings revealed a trail of corruption and mismanagement by practically all parties involved, including police, prosecutors, lawyers, and witnesses. Current NACC chairman, Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, says the commission is still reading Vicha’s report.

According to a report in the Bangkok Post, the NACC is working with the Anti-Money Laundering Office to look into the possibility that illegal payments were made to people involved in the original case against Boss.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    EdwardV

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 10:43 am

    They are still reading the report? After what three months or so? That’s one damn long report. Could the writing on the wall be any clearer?

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      Toby Andrews

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:30 am

      Another day reading the reports – another days wage, and expenses.
      It might go on as long as the trials of the Khmer Rouge killers.

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        Jeff

        Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 8:51 pm

        Corruption…..why no arrests? Mismanagement…..why no terminations?

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    James Pate

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Shameful and plenty of blame to go around! They could catch him they really wanted. Everyone knows this. It would be interesting to find out how many folks have voted with their wallets and switched to M150 or Shark. Wish his family would cut him off and deliver him themselves!

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      Mike Froment

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:14 am

      Not a chance in he’ll this sick little boy will do 1 day in jail is he on the most wanted list yet.

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      B.T.

      Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:32 am

      Nobody care it is reality.The business doing very well.

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    jesus Monroe

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Leave me alone. Im in dubai trying to sun bake……..Ok, how much do I have to pay? name your price, it up to you…….

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    If they are sincere about arresting him, why did they not put him on the Interpol wanted list?

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    Wavey Davey

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Great headline. But they managed to prosecute Thaksin and Yinluck without arresting them…

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      Toby Andrews

      Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:42 am

      That’s a good point.

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    Wayno

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Keep on dragging your heels until the statute of limitations runs out again.

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Chatuchak market is in worst crisis in 5 decades due to Covid-19, vendors say

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Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok’s biggest market and a popular tourist destination, is hit hard by the new wave of Covid-19. With the lack of foreign tourists due to travel restrictions over the past year, as well as more locals staying at home despite the market’s strict disease control measures, the number of visitors at the market has dropped by 90%.

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Bangkok restaurants may soon be allowed to stay open a little later. Health officials are considering easing up Covid-19 prevention measures by extending restaurant dine-in closing times to 11pm. If the proposal by the Thai Restaurant Association is given a green light, it may lead to the lifting ban of alcohol drinking.

After the order of shutting entertainment venues and banning alcohol sales in Bangkok, Samut Prakan, and Chonburi, the revenues in the alcohol beverage business plummeted. Under disease control measures, restaurants in Bangkok are ordered to stop dine-in services at 9pm and all alcohol sales are banned at restaurants to limit gatherings.

According to the president of the Thai Alcohol Business Association, the current ban on alcohol is estimated to cost about 90 billion baht in revenue. The lifting of the ban is then believed to stimulate the economy.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce says the Cabinet might review the proposal on closing hours tomorrow and act immediately to provide relief to restaurant operators as well as those in the alcohol beverage business.

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At least 19 Covid-19 cases linked to 2 parties, including celebrity’s birthday

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At least 19 Covid-19 cases are related to 2 parties – a 5-day New Years celebration in Chiang Mai and a birthday party in Bangkok for a famous TV and radio host Techin Ployphet, aka DJ Matoom, on January 9.

A senior police officer in Bangkok is the latest case possibly linked to the Bangkok “party cluster.” The officer tested positive for Covid-19 after coming in contact with someone who attended the celebrity’s birthday at the Vertigo restaurant and bar at the Banyan Tree Hotel.

After the party, the actor, as well as other attendees, later tested positive for Covid-19. DJ Matoom also attended a New Year’s celebration in Chiang Mai from January 1 to 5, which is also linked to a number of cases.

Department of Disease Control director general Opas Karnkawinpong says a man who attended the Chiang Mai probably carried the virus to Bangkok and spread it at DJ Matoom’s birthday party.

Since the police officer’s positive test result, the Criminal Records Division at the Royal Thai Police headquarters is temporarily closed for cleaning after a senior police officer tested positive for Covid-19.

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