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Royal Thai Police to take legal action against 21 officers in “Boss” case

Maya Taylor



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The Royal Thai Police says it accepts the findings of a recently concluded inquiry into the “Boss” fiasco and will begin legal proceedings against 21 of the Police officers involved. The Bangkok Post reports that RTP representatives Jaruwat Waisaya and Kissana Phathanacharoen confirmed the move at a press briefing yesterday, adding that national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda will take charge of the long-running case that has become a national disgrace for Thailand.

“We will do our best and we will not protect police who do wrong. We need to find evidence to substantiate the claims and then we will pass the evidence to the National Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate so society will have no doubts.”

It’s understood the police have discovered further evidence against the officers, adding to that uncovered by the Vicha Mahakun-led inquiry. However, officials did not provide any further information on what that evidence might be at this stage.

In 2012, Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya was accused of killing a 47 year old Bangkok police officer by dragging him and his motorbike under his Ferrari for 100 metres. On August 31 of this year, all final charges were controversially dropped against him by the Office of the Attorney General. (This news was first aired by CNN, with Thai news sources being caught completely by surprise)

Whilst on the run as a fugitive, since he fled Thailand in his family’s private jet in 2017, Vorayuth has been pictured living a jet-set lifestyle in various cities around the world, including attending official Red Bull promotions and events.

In 2016, the National Anti-Corruption Commission found 11 police officers guilty of negligence in their handling of the case. Those officers are part of the 21 implicated in the latest inquiry and have already been disciplined, while the NACC plans a further investigation into the activities of the other 10.

So, what now for Vorayuth? Officers say that, should the prosecution indict him once more, Interpol will be asked to issue a Red Notice to 150 countries. A prior Interpol Red Notice was quietly removed from the Interpol website a couple of years ago.

The police admit they have knowledge of where Vorayut is but are not willing to comment further at this point, other than to confirm the Immigration Bureau have a record of him departing Thailand.

Meanwhile, the RTP says it will look into why a charge of contributory negligence was levied against Wichian Klanprasert, the victim in the hit-and-run incident.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    September 3, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Corruption in Thai police …..impossible !

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    September 3, 2020 at 10:10 am

    What a farce. very embarrassing for Thailand. Then Police should just admit that money can buy your way out of anything in Thailand – even murder.

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    September 3, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    they will aim at 21 low level policeman, to hide 100’s high profile policeman who are the real corrupt ones, when you think that in very touristic places, chief of police have to bid and win an auction in order to get the job, because in a few year they make so much money that they can retire, the funny thing is the salary is not so high but they own mercedes car and rolex watch witch would be impossible to buy with their official salary, it’s quite easy to spot the most corrupt ones by looking at what they own, but it’s not how things work here….

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PM orders Thai police to collaborate with Interpol to bring Boss back to Thailand

Caitlin Ashworth



PM orders Thai police to collaborate with Interpol to bring Boss back to Thailand | The Thaiger

The Thai PM is ordering Thai police to work with Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organisation, to find Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya and bring him back to Thailand for prosecution. The Red Bull heir has been on the run since 2017 and faces charges reckless driving causing death and using cocaine, charges which date back to the incident in 2012 in Bangkok.

In 2012, Boss allegedly sped his Ferrari down Sukhumvit Road in Thong Lor, running over and dragging a 47 year old police officer 100 metres down the road, killing him.

Prosecutors have now officially indicted Boss on the reckless driving causing death and drugs charges, the Office of the Attorney General announced last Friday. The recent indictment, more than 8 years after the fatal crash, follows public backlash after Boss’s cases were dropped altogether in July by the deputy attorney general.

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha made a post on his Facebook page saying he ordered police to work with international authorities to find Boss and bring him back to Thailand for trial. He says a Red Notice has been issued and he expects an update by next week.

“I ask every officer to handle this matter correctly and effectively.”

Boss, the son of the co-owner of the Red Bull energy drink empire, fled the country in 2017. His hearings were delayed 7 times. He reportedly packed up and fled to Singapore on his family’s private jet just 2 days before he was due to face charges. Since then, Boss has been seen and photographed at his family home in London as well as at Red Bull events.

The story has caused ongoing rage in Thai social media with people using the cases as proof Thailand’s warped justice system where wealth and power can help you bypass official investigations.

There has been no comment from the Yoovidhya family, Boss or his legal representation since last week’s official prosecution.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Thai PBS

ตามที่สำนักงานอัยการสูงสุดเห็นชอบสั่งฟ้อง “บอส” นายวรยุทธ อยู่วิทยา…

Posted by ประยุทธ์ จันทร์โอชา Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday, September 21, 2020

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Bangkok nightclub busted for underage drinking

Caitlin Ashworth



Bangkok nightclub busted for underage drinking | The Thaiger
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A Bangkok nightclub was raided last night when police arrested numerous underage drinkers after city officials received a complaint about “unlawful assembly”. Police say many of the 50 people at the nightclub were under Thailand’s legal drinking age of 20 years old. They added that the patrons at the venue did not abide by Covid-19 prevention rules like wearing a mask, social distancing, and that the venue’s management didn’t limit the number of people at a social gathering.

The venue, known as “Peak” in Bangkok’s Lak Si district, north of the city centre, was ordered by police to close down because it served alcohol to underage customers and the venue did not abide by Covid-19 prevention measures.

Police raided the venue and were then waiting outside as partygoers tried to flee to provide free drug tests. Along with arresting the alleged underage drinkers, the police also arrested a young man for alleged drug use after a test for illicit drug use came up positive. Police did not specify what drugs they tested for. Reports also fail to say how many people were arrested, but Pattaya News says all the underage drinkers were arrested.

Palang Pracharath’s Bangkok MP Sira Jenjakha was reportedly also involved in the raid. He told Pattaya News that he is dedicated to eradicating social issues involving adolescents, and venues that serve alcohol to underage youth will face charges.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Protest leaders face charges for violating Thailand’s lèse majesté law and for installing the plaque

Caitlin Ashworth



Protest leaders face charges for violating Thailand’s lèse majesté law and for installing the plaque | The Thaiger

Leaders of the weekend’s pro-democracy protest in Bangkok are facing charges for violating Thailand’s lèse majesté laws and installing a symbolic plaque at a “registered historical site”. Police filed complaints against 10 to possibly more than 16 protesters.

It’s unclear how many protesters will be charged, but the Royal Thai Police spokesperson Piya Uthayo says charges will be pressed against those who “pulled the strings.” He says the Chanasongkhram Police have received several lèse majesté complaints. Under the lèse majesté law, it is illegal to insult or defame the Thai Monarch or royal family. Piya says police will take the strongest legal actions possible against those who undermined the Monarchy.

A lèse majesté complaint was filed by a leader of the pro-government “multi-coloured shirts movement” Tul Sittisomwong who said the protesters had “once again crossed the line,” according to the Bangkok Post.

“I don’t mind if they talked about politics, the prime minister or the constitution because they have the right to do so, but not about the monarchy.”

The Bangkok Post reports that around 10 protesters will be charged with violating the Public Assembly Act and Criminal Code while 4 people will be charged with violating the lèse majesté law. Thai PBS estimates at least 16 people face charges for violating the lèse majesté law and installing the plaque.

Protesters installed a plaque on the forecourt of the royal parade grounds, aka. Sanam Luang, next to the Grand Palace. The pro-democracy plaque symbolically renamed the area Sanam Ratsadon, or “People’s Ground”. The plaque disappeared and the spot was covered with concrete less than 24 hours after being embedded by the protesters early on Sunday morning. Police say they removed the plaque because it would be used as evidence against protest leaders.

The Fine Arts Department and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration filed complaints with police over the installation of the plaque, saying the protesters broke the law by causing damage to an archaeological site. The department says the plaque installation violates the Ancient Monuments, Antiques, Objects of Art and National Museums Act, as Sanam Luang is a historical site protected by law. The removal of another historic plaque in 2017, commemorating the Siam Revolution in 1932, when Thailand’s absolute monarchy was overthrown by a constitutional monarchy, was not reported by the same organisations.

Authorities also claim rally leaders broke into Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus and entered the grounds of Sanam Luang without permission. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration also asked police to take action against protesters who destroyed barriers and fences at the university as well as the damage done when installing the plaque at Sanam Luang, according to Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy spokesperson (the concrete has already been replaced after being torn out of the cement sometime on the early hours of Monday morning).

“The protesters damaged BMA properties and violated the Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country.”

SOURCES: Thai PBS | Bangkok Post

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