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    Nothing to see here, move along now.


    One of the two witnesses whose testimony reportedly convinced prosecutors to drop all charges against Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya died following a motorcycle crash in Chiang Mai province in the early hours of Thursday. ... He died shortly after at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital.

    Key witness in 'Boss' case dies

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    ...so, the second witness: leaves behind 2 empty bottles of beer, a bottle of Sri Racha sauce, a note...and jumps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Nothing to see here, move along now.


    Key witness in 'Boss' case dies
    Blimey that's a coincidence, has the other sensibly gone into hiding?

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    what a farce,if you'd seen the clip on the news channel of the other one involved in the accident,[newspaper reported he was seriously injured] lifted up his shirt,showed he had injuries to his body and a badly injured face[cat scratch] this wa in the police station.

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    ...wait! wait!...more evidence suddenly uncovered!

    Thailand calls for new probe in Red Bull heir hit-and-run case

    August 4, 2020, 8:27 PM



    Mr Vorayuth was initially arrested after the incident but then failed to turn up to face chargesThailand's attorney general has ordered a new investigation into the heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune over the hit-and-run killing of a policeman.

    Prosecutors said new evidence showed that Vorayuth Yoovidhaya was driving much faster than first believed and might have had cocaine in his system, allowing them to reopen the case.

    It comes after previous charges were dropped last month, sparking outrage.

    Mr Vorayuth is accused of hitting the officer with his car in 2012.

    Police Sergeant-Major Wichian Klanprasert was riding his motorbike in the Thai capital Bangkok when he was hit by a grey Ferrari, which dragged his body more than 100m (109yds) down the road, before driving off.


    • The Red Bull heir repeatedly failed to meet with police to face charges, which included reckless driving causing death.

    Mr Vorayuth's lawyers denied the allegations. He left Thailand in 2017 and his whereabouts are currently unknown.
    Last month, officials announced that all charges against the 38-year-old had been dropped. The decision sparked outrage, and the police, government and attorney general's office said they would investigate.

    In a press conference on Tuesday, the Attorney General's Office said new evidence meant that the case could be reopened.
    It said the speed of the Ferrari at the time of the accident had previously been put at 80km/h (50 mph), but an expert opinion not included in the police report had determined that the speed was closer to 170km/h.

    "This is new evidence according to the law," said a spokesman for the office.

    Mr Vorayuth could also face a new charge relating to drug use. Blood tests following the accident showed traces of cocaine in his system, but prosecutors say he was not charged at the time because of a possible false positive from medication he had allegedly taken.

    Mr Vorayuth is the grandson of Chaleo Yoovidhaya, who co-founded the Red Bull empire. At the time of his death in 2012, Chaleo was the third richest person in Thailand, according to Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $5bn (3.93bn).

    The case against Mr Vorayuth has been closely watched in Thailand, and has fuelled criticism that the country's elite enjoy special treatment by the authorities.
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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    Prosecutors said new evidence showed that Vorayuth Yoovidhaya was driving much faster than first believed and might have had cocaine in his system, allowing them to reopen the case.
    "New" evidence? After EIGHT fucking years?

    Wankers.

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    Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk, who approved the dropping of the reckless driving charge against Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, was a no-show on Sunday at a hearing of a sub-panel examining the prosecutor's handling of the case.
    The sub-panel -- which is headed by Borwornsak Uwanno, former chairman of a constitution drafting body, and under the independent inquiry committee set up by the prime minister to look into the case -- summonsed Mr Nate to give statements, but he failed to show up.

    Deputy AG who dropped 'Boss' charge a no-show at hearing

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    summonsed to give statements, but he failed to show up.
    much like mr. red bull then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
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    much like mr. red bull then.
    Maybe he got a "bonus".

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    summonsed Mr Nate to give statements, but he failed to show up.
    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    much like mr. red bull then.
    Isn't there a compulsion to be there if summoned?

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    Probably not, all smacks of a bit of theater really.

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    I am somewhat bemused by the claim that it was the deputy Attorney General who decided to drop the case. Presumably, it wasn't high profile enough for the main honcho. Har, har.

    What a snake pit, eh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Isn't there a compulsion to be there if summoned?
    Depends how much the alternative is worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    all smacks of a bit of theater really.
    ...definitely...a way has to be found to free the heir from any burden of guilt...if not, guilty of a misdemeanor that is settled with a fine, a wai to a picture of the mangled cop and another mil or two to the relatives...

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    I understand this farcical parade of panjandrums has now taken another turn in that the hapless deputy AG has resigned from his post but attended the enquiry today.

    Third world antics at their finest.

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    It seems I'm not the only one who missed this.

    A Thai court has issued a new arrest warrant for the heir to Red Bull over his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run which left a policeman dead.

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    dropped criminal charges and withdrew an arrest warrant for Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya last month, however public criticism of the move resulted in a government review being undertaken.


    On Tuesday, a criminal court in Bangkok approved a new arrest warrant on two charges - one previous charge of reckless driving causing death, and a new charge of drug use.

    Yoovidhya, the grandson of billionaire Red Bull co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, has been accused of crashing a Ferrari into an on-duty policeman in central Bangkok.

    Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert was on his motorbike at the time of the incident on 3 September 2012, and after being hit he was dragged down the road along with the bike for several dozen metres before Yoovidhya fled the scene.


    Police traced oil streaks from the scene down several roads, arriving at the family's gated property.


    Yoovidhya missed eight court summonses before authorities first issued an arrest warrant in 2017, but he disappeared shortly afterwards and according to his social media was "apparently abroad".

    In the same year, Interpol issued a "red notice" for his arrest, which was later dropped in 2018.
    Yoovidhya's lawyer, Samack Chouvaparnante, has said he had "no knowledge of the new warrant and had not been in touch with his client".

    Evidence not previously used in police reports was reviewed by a panel earlier this month.

    This included the suggestion that Yoovidhya's car was travelling at a quicker speed than previously thought.


    There was also evidence from a blood test suggesting the driver, who was 27 at the time of the incident, had traces of cocaine in his system at the time.


    An assistant national police chief has said: "We will submit a new report within two weeks so the public prosecutor can issue a issue a prosecution order."

    Red Bull, the energy drink giant that has also made its name as a major sporting brand thanks to its sponsorship of several football teams and presence in F1, says it has no direct links to Yoovidhya.

    His father, Chalerm Yoovidhya, has part-ownership of the International Red Bull brand and is the second-richest person in
    Thailand, with an estimated fortune of 15.6bn, according to Forbes.


    There have been accusations that there are higher powers helping Yoovidhya evade charges, however the police have denied this.
    Thai court issues new arrest warrant for Red Bull heir over hit-and-run that left policeman dead | World News | Sky News

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    A Thai court has issued a new arrest warrant for the heir to Red Bull over his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run which left a policeman dead.
    they should have waited until he was back in the country before issuing the new warrant.

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    There was an Interpol notice out for him....how come he wasn't nabbed by them ?

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    probably in a safe jurisdiction

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    The PM's panel investigating the failed hit-and-run case against Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya has found evidence of conspiracy and recommended a new investigation and charges against the officials involved.

    The report also raises the possibility of an "intention to kill" in Mr Vorayuth's failure to stop after the accident, and the police officer's body being dragged more than 100 metres along the road beneath his Ferrari.

    Vicha Mahakhun, former member of the National Anti-Corruption Commission who heads the committee, announced its findings at Government House on Tuesday.


    He said that it was unusual that the body of Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert had been dragged for more 100 metres beneath Mr Vorayuth's Ferrari without it stopping after hitting his motorcycle.


    "There was information and remarks indicating that the failure to stop the car at once, and the fact that the dead person was dragged that far, might be an indication of an intention to kill," Mr Vicha said.

    He said that later photos showing the Ferrari and the dead policeman's motorcycle placed together clearly showed that the car crashed directly into the rear of the bike, not into the side of it.

    Mr Vicha also pointed to many other irregularities in the handling of the case by police and the Office of the Attorney-General.


    The dead policeman was treated as a suspect in the crash, being accused of abruptly changing lanes. That was an illegal and unfair charge to lay against the dead man because he had no chance to defend himself, Mr Vicha said.


    Defining the dead victim as the wrongdoer "severely ruined the case and could result in a suspect being freed from charges or not", he said.


    Mr Vicha also held interrogators at fault for failing to include a charge of drink driving, even though the question was raised.


    In addition, there was the failure to bring Mr Vorayuth to indictment as originally decided by prosecutors. Six months passed, giving the suspect the opportunity to file petitions, he said.


    As many as 14 petitions were filed. The first 13 were rejected by a former attorney-general and several deputy attorneys-general.


    But the last petition was accepted by a deputy attorney-general supervising petitions for justice, Mr Vicha said, an apparent reference to deputy attorney-general Nate Naksuk.


    The deputy attorney-general gave credence to old evidence that had always been rejected, Mr Vicha said. Then the charge of reckless driving causing death was dropped, and police did not oppose the decision by the deputy attorney-general, Mr Vicha said.


    He referred to the assumption that the Ferrari had not been speeding made by Pol Col Thanasit Taengchan of the Office of Police Forensic Science, and Saiprasit Kerdniyom, head of the Automotive Safety and Assessment Engineering Centre at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology North Bangkok.


    'Conspiracy'


    Mr Vicha said that Pol Col Thanasit had originally estimated the Ferrari was going at 177 kilometres per hour, but later reduced the figure to less than 80kph. Mr Vicha said Pol Col Thanasit told his committee that he had been pressured.

    Mr Saiprasit admitted to the committee that he had not examined the crash site and made his calculation on paper without using factual data that Pol Col Thanasit had originally used, Mr Vicha said.


    Both Pol Col Thanasit and Mr Saiprasit had already sought witness protection because "they fear", Mr Vicha said.


    A previous interrogation report falsely claimed that Pol Col Thanasit and Mr Saiprasit had been questioned on Feb 26 and March 2, 2016, but actually they had been questioned on Feb 29, 2016, Mr Vicha said.


    "There was conspiracy among government officials. The committee unanimously sees the interrogation process as a dishonest compromise and conspiracy that ruined the interrogation report from the start," Mr Vicha said.


    His committee proposed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that the case be totally re-investigated and legal action be taken against officials responsible. High-level officials might not face criminal or disciplinary actions due to lack of evidence, but could be removed from their positions under the morality law, Mr Vicha said.


    Mr Vicha also mentioned late witness Jaruchart Maadthong, who changed his testimony on the Ferrari's speed from high to low.


    He said the witness had a connection with Mr Vorayuth and police were investigating why the witness's mobile phone was intentionally destroyed after his
    fatal crash in Chiang Mai.


    Mr Vicha also proposed that the Department of Special Investigation take over the hit-and-run case and said that about 10 government officials should face legal action over irregularities in the case.

    Mr Vorayuth, now 35 and also known as Boss, drove the Ferrari that hit and killed Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian, 47, in the early morning of Sept 3, 2012.

    He crashed into the rear of the police motorcycle on Sukhumvit Road. He then fled the scene to his home nearby.


    He delayed hearing charges seven times. It was not until April 27, 2017, that prosecutors finally charged him with reckless driving causing death and failing to help a crash victim.


    He fled on a private plane two days before he was due to face the charges.


    A speeding charge was later dropped when the one-year statute of limitation expired. A second charge, failing to stop and help a crash victim, expired on Sept 3, 2017.


    The third and most serious charge, reckless driving causing death, would have remained on the books until 2027, but in June the charge had been dropped.


    Mr Vicha said re-investigation could cover any charge, the statute of limitation remained valid.


    Mr Vorayuth is the son of Chalerm Yoovidhya, whose family co-owns the energy drink megabrand Red Bull and ranks second on Thailand's richest list, with a net worth estimated at US$20 billion (about 617 billion baht).


    Finding: Indication of intention to kill in Boss' hit-and-run case

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    Someone’s pissed

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    He said that it was unusual that the body of Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert had been dragged for more 100 metres beneath Mr Vorayuth's Ferrari without it stopping after hitting his motorcycle.
    Unusual? Really?

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    It would have taken a long time, at that snail's pace he was apparently driving.


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    My thought exactly . . . and why was the cop out at that time of night . . . clearly without his lights on. Drunk? Yabba? We'll never know but sources say . . .

    (Good grief, I sound like Klondyke)

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    The cat's out, corruption at high altitude, par for the course except this time the people weren't prepared to eat sugared shit, so those that were not involved in this particular circus take the opportunity to score points by pretending to go after (some of) those that were.

    Lots to dig here as many officials had their pockets filled, but no mention if they're going to charge the top cop supervising the early investigation, for obstruction in blithely accepting that the butler dunnit. Probably not, they've had years to do it and didn't, so if they charge him now it brings others into the mix having to explain why now and not before. I think they removed him from the case, though sceptics might believe he still has the loot salted away, less whatever he paid to those higher up to keep his lucrative job. He should also be pressured to disclose how much he received to announce the case closed when the butler confessed. And as we enter lalaland with those, he might as well reveal the source of the bribe so that they can also be charged. Oh yes, that'll happen.

    Bottom line, more funds will be donated to police charities, a couple of low level officials will be thrown under a bus, and the brat won't spend a night in jail.

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