I‘ll go for bail pending trial and he will either skip the country, or it will get embroiled in all kinds of legal arguments in the hope of it going away or new evidence emerges. It’s an open and closed case given the evidence. Hold him in Jail. Set a trail date in March. Try him and lock him up for 20 years. Let Mr Prayut announce the details of the trails and state that “ No matter who you are or what rank or position you hold in Thai society, no one is above our laws”.
He can always cross his fingers behind his back and practice saying it with a straight face
Any country that is going to bring in 20 to 30 million lower middle class Chinese in for tourism every year is going to be utterly incompatible with an expat retirement policy that targets 1 million gazillionaires over five years time. Those people expect Monaco, Cannes, and Switzerland. Whatever the merits or demerits of Thailand, it will never fit into that particular group of places.
"Brave New World" actually attributable to Aldous Huxley rather than George Orwell but never mind. Orwell would undoubtedly doff his cap however, to Prayut and Co for their outstanding impersonation of the ThoughtPolice in their efforts to suppress the heinous amount of crimethink spreading in LOS. Lets see how this pans out in the grand re-opening