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

Maya Taylor

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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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