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Independent panel recommend re-instatement of ‘Boss’ charges

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PHOTO: So where's Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya?

Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya is likely to not only face charges of “reckless driving causing death” but also drugs charges involving Cocaine use. In another dramatic twist in the ongoing “Boss” saga, an independent panel has recommended the reckless driving charge be re-instated along with new charges of Cocaine abuse.

Nearly 2 weeks ago the deputy attorney-general, and an acting police chief, decided to drop charges of reckless driving causing death – the last, and most serious, of the charges facing Boss after the fatal hit-and-run in Bangkok in 2012.

Although police and forensic investigators initially believe Boss had driven his Ferrari at 177 kilometres per hour, they later reduced the estimated speed below 80kph after new witnesses appeared nearly 8 years after the incident. One of the new witnesses then died in a motorcycle incident last week in Chiang Mai. A new autopsy is currently underway on the man’s body after the PM ordered the seizure of the man’s body and bringing it to Bangkok for further examination.

Speaking about the case, the PM says the prosecution working group found later that Sathon Wicharnwannarak, a physics lecturer of Chulalongkorn University who worked for forensic police, had concluded that the speed of the Ferrari at the time of the crash was about 177kph. But the conclusion had not been included in police investigative report relating to the case.

The statute of limitations on the charge of “reckless driving causing death” will not expire for another 7 years. A blood sample taken from Boss’s blood after the crash in 2012 indicated that he had abused cocaine. Police had not raised the matter in their past investigative report.

Additionally, police and prosecutors omitted the charge of “driving under the influence of alcohol” because a test on Boss, in the time after the incident, show he must have drunk after the crash… “because his blood alcohol level was so high, he would have been unable to drive”.

The latest fiasco, being played out in Thailand, remains a moot point as Boss remains on the run with his overseas location unknown to Thai police.

The dramatic turnaround on Boss’s alleged involvement in the fatal hit-and-run case in Bangkok in 2012 came after a review of the prosecution by a working group of the Office of the Attorney-General. Earlier a deputy attorney-general and an acting police chief decided not to arraign Boss on the charge of reckless driving causing death.

Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, now 35, drove a black Ferrari that killed 47 year old policeman Wichian Klanprasert, in the early morning hours of September 3 in 2012.

He crashed into the rear of the policeman’s motorcycle on Sukhumvit Road in Thong Lor, dragging the man for 100 metres before stopping. Boss fled the scene to his house nearby. Initially the Voovidhya family’s chauffeur told police he was at the wheel of the Ferrari at the time, but police were able to ascertain that Boss was, indeed, the driver. The chauffeur was charged with hindering the investigation.

Boss then successfully dodged facing court 7 times. In April, 2017 prosecutors finally charged him with reckless driving causing death and another charge of failing to help a crash victim. 2 days later he fled Thailand on a family private Learjet, just 2 days before his next scheduled court appearance. He flew to Singapore, abandoned the jet and, as far as Thai police are concerned, vanished. Thai media were able to track Boss down on 2 occasions in the years following and were able to get some photos. The Thai police, and Interpol, have not been able to have similar success.

Boss is the son of Chalerm Yoovidhya, whose family co-owns the Red Bull energy drink empire and ranks #2 on Thailand’s richest list.

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    I will show my bare bum under the Pattaya sign facing the sea, if the boy racer is ever prosecuted for anything.

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      Ironbuttaxe

      Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 12:25 am

      Noted.

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    LingLek

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 4:44 am

    I love Thailand, but the corruption makes me sick. Good, honest Thai people deserve better than this.

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Health officials are racing to vaccinate 70% of residents in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey neighbourhood, the largest slum in the city where hundreds have tested positive for Covid-19 since April. With people living in crowded conditions and many unable to take off work to self-isolate, Thai authorities have been rolling out proactive Covid-19 testing and a mass vaccination campaign in an effort to contain the virus.

A third vaccination unit has been set up in the district at the Port Authority Stadium, adding to the units at Tesco Lotus Rama IV and Wat Khlong Toey School. Around 50,000 of the 80,000 residents in the Khlong Toey slum need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to reach herd immunity, according to Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang.

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a proactive testing campaign on April 27 in the Khlong Toey district. Since then, 19,983 people have been tested with 654 people positive for Covid-19. 5,700 people are waiting for the results to come back and the others are negative.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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Monday’s totals have been announced for Covid-19 infections and new deaths over the past 24 hours. The Thai public health ministry reports 22 deaths and 1,630 infections.

• The only 5 imported Covid-19 cases yesterday were from neighbouring countries, Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar. Authorities say that patrols will have to be stepped up at this time to control the illegal border crossings.

All 5 people caught were Thais who were were trying to cross back into Thailand without going through the border checkpoints. They’ve all been admitted to state hospitals.

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The 109 traders tested positive between May 6 – 9.

• 63 new cases of Covid-19 have been announced in Chon Buri today (including Pattaya), a drop from totals reported over the past week. There’s also been 1 additional death reported. 1,507 people remain in medical care for the virus in the province.

• Meanwhile all public service and government offices, including Thai immigration, are closed for Monday. But it’s not a public holiday. Today is the Royal Ploughing Ceremony which is a traditional ceremony to forecast the season’s rice and wet season crops. His Majesty the King usually presides over the annual event at the royal parade grounds of Sanam Luang.

 

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9 student nurses experience side effects from Sinovac vaccine

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PHOTO: Side effects were felt by 9 nursing students after receiving the Sinovac vaccine. (via Jernej Furman / Flickr)

After receiving the Sinovac vaccine, 9 student nurses at Thammasat University have complained of side effect according to the Facebook page of the Student Organization of Thammasat University. After 88 student nurses received the Chinese-made vaccine on April 23 and May 5, 2 experienced minor side effects of a little pain in the arm they were vaccinated in, while 7 felt substantial reactions including chest pain, muscle pain, dizziness, fatigue, breathing problems, numbness, and facial tics.

One case of severe side effects was a female nursing student with an underlying allergy who felt fatigued immediately after receiving the jab. she felt better an hour later, but was placed under observation. 2 days later she briefly felt that her legs and hands were numb but soon felt better. Later that evening, symptoms strengthened, with eye and facial spasms, dizziness, fatigue, and weakness in her hands.

She visited a doctor twice for the side effects and the first time was given sleeping pills and vitamin B, but the second time after a blood test, doctors concluded that the symptoms were unrelated to the Sinovac vaccine. She had been previously prescribed Clonazepam, and that prescription was changed to Pyridostigmine.

The remaining more severe side effect sufferers were as follows:

  1. One male nursing student found he had difficulty breathing and dizziness for 3 days after receiving his jab.
  1. A female nursing student reported that just 30 minutes after receiving the injection she felt shortness of breath and the next day had some numbness in her body.
  1. 14 hours after receiving the jab, a female nursing student said that she felt side effects of fatigued and had trouble breathing and had to use pillows to help her breathing difficulties.
  1. Another female student felt muscle pain and dizziness the next day after receiving the vaccine.
  1. A female student ended up receiving Vitamin B and Amitriptyline from a doctor for her side effects. She reported to initially feel something in her arm and hand where she was injected, and then numbness in her left leg and in her fingertips on both hands.
  1. For the 3 days following her inoculation, the last female nursing student had side effects of chest pains and shortness of breath.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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