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Claim that Vorayuth ‘had drugs in blood’

Claim that Vorayuth ‘had drugs in blood’

THAILAND: Three activists claimed they have evidence to prove that Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya had illicit chemical substances, including cocaine, in his system during his Sept 3, 2012, fatal hit-and-run.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 28 July 2020, 08:34AM

Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the youngest son of Red Bull executive Chalerm Yoovidhya, is brought to the Police General Hospital to undergo a blood test in September 2012. Photo: Somchai Poomlard.

Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the youngest son of Red Bull executive Chalerm Yoovidhya, is brought to the Police General Hospital to undergo a blood test in September 2012. Photo: Somchai Poomlard.

Veera Somkwamkid, secretary-general of the People’s Network Against Corruption; Anon Nampa, a human rights activist lawyer; and Taejing Siripanich, secretary-general of the Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation, posted on their Facebook pages that the evidence was never included in the police investigation file.

All three referred to what looked like copy of a letter by Vichan Peonim, head of the Forensic Pathology programme at Mahidol University’s Faculty of Medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital, made to the head of the faculty’s Department of Pathology.

The letter, dated Oct 1, 2012, was “about the substances found in the body of Mr Vorayuth Yoovidhya as requested by the Thong Lor Police Station”. The letter showed that Mr Vorayuth’s body contained Alprazolam, Benzoylecgonine, Cocaethy­lene and caffeine.

Alprazolam, commonly sold under the brand name Xanax, is used to manage anxiety disorders. The drug is classified as a Type 4 stimulant, and it is highly regulated in the kingdom, the letter said. Alprazolam residues can normally be detected in urine from one to five days after the drug is consumed, it said.

It said Benzoylecgonine is the main metabolite found in cocaine, which can still be detected in blood for as long as 28 hours after ingestion.

Cocaethylene is a substance formed when cocaine is mixed with alcohol, it added.

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Kurt | 29 July 2020 - 08:04:10

If the thai Government only handle now the RED BULL HEIR case with installing 'panels' ,the kind of 'cooks testing their own soup', Government looses the last bit of credibility among the Thai population, and abroad of course. Corruption of the highest order. Are there decorations for on the thai uniforms?

Kurt | 29 July 2020 - 00:10:19

This RED BULL HEIR affair keeps Thailand already 8 years in her grip. It is a story of Thailand's being/Govern/evidence manipulation by authorities to please someone very rich.
Well, a few more years of Country's image confirming to go with this case, I guess.

CaptainJack69 | 28 July 2020 - 16:00:20

AND it was always claimed that he was never tested for alcohol. This report clearly indicates he was hi on a cocktail of drugs AND alcohol. So he should have been charged with manslaughter and not the less severe 'dangerous driving causing death'.

Kurt | 28 July 2020 - 09:01:31

Wow, must have cost a lot of 'understanding money' for the police to keep this drugs report 8 years under the table. But mostly the truth has longer legs than the lie. I am sure many police officers feel now very uncomfortable as their role will be now investigated. Imagine a brown envelop shuffle now within the police force to remain cleared of misconduct.


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