Former Deputy Attorney General faces mild disciplinary violation for role in Red Bull heir case

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A former deputy attorney general is facing disciplinary action for his decision not to indict the Red Bull hier, Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, over the fatal hit-and-run incident in 2012 where the Boss sped his Ferrari through Bangkok’s Thong Lor district and struck a police officer, killing him.

Boss managed to evade justice and fled the country. The deputy attorney general’s decision to drop the charges sparked national outrage. Last year, an investigation panel was set up to determine if the deputy attorney general, Nate Naksuk, should face disciplinary action over his handling of the case.

The five-member panel found him guilty of faulty performance of his duty. They recommended that he be deprived of his pension and promotions for two years and that he should not be appointed as senior prosecutor. The panel’s decision is not official. The recommendation still needs to be discussed by the Prosecution Commission.

In another probe into the alleged mishandling of the case, a panel led by the National Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating 15 senior police officers, prosecutors, and investigators. That investigation is expected to finish up in around 15 months.

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Jack Connor

Jack is from the USA, has a B.A. in English, and writes on a variety of topics. He lives in Thailand.

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