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Cocaine in Boss for ‘dentistry’

Cocaine in Boss for ‘dentistry’

BANGKOK: Police officers have claimed that illicit chemical substances, including cocaine, found in Red Bull scion Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya in the 2012 hit-and-run case were used for his dental treatment, according to a House committee.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 31 July 2020, 09:16AM

Senior police officers meet the House committee on police affairs at the parliament in Bangkok on Thursday. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

Senior police officers meet the House committee on police affairs at the parliament in Bangkok on Thursday. Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

The committee had on Thursday (July 30) invited officials for questioning regarding the hit-and-run case, reports the Bangkok Post.

Natchanon Srikokuea, spokesman of the committee, told a press briefing on Thursday the panel had questioned officers who handled the case as to why they did not press charges related to illicit drug use against Mr Vorayuth despite a positive blood test proving the use of narcotics.

The officers told the committee they did not press the charge because a dentist confirmed he had administered medicines which had cocaine as a component for dental treatment. When Mr Vorayuth drank alcohol, it mixed with the medicines which caused some chemical substances in the body to be released, Mr Natchanon quoted the police as saying.

However, the police did not provide clear details and had no medical documents to prove that chemical substances found in Mr Vorayuth’s body were the result of dental treatment, Mr Natchanon said, adding it was just a verbal explanation.

This issue is important and the Royal Thai Police is duty-bound to provide an explanation to clear suspicion, Mr Natchanon said.

Meanwhile, Sira Jenjaka, chairman of the House committee on legal affairs, justice and human rights, said on Thursday that police will consider bringing a new drugs-related charge against Mr Vorayuth.

Mr Sira, a Palang Pracharath Party MP for Bangkok, said police who handled the case told the committee on Wednesday that a medical report containing results of a test on Mr Vorayuth was in an investigation file that had been submitted to prosecutors.

The results show there were ”substances found in the body of Mr Vorayuth”.

But the officers could not explain to the committee why they did not bring this charge from the beginning, Mr Sira said.

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Three activists claimed previously they had evidence to prove that Mr Vorayuth had illicit chemical substances, including cocaine, in his system on Sept 3, 2012, the day of the fatal accident.

They cited a 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.

Mr Sira said on Thursday that his committee on the affairs of courts of justice and a panel on police will meet on Aug 5 to discuss the case.

Among those who will testify before the committee will be national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, Nate Naksuk, director-general of the Department of Appellate Litigation, and assistant police chief, Pol Lt Gen Permpoon Chidchob, who decided not to oppose the prosecutors’ acquittal as well as two new witnesses in the case, Mr Sira said.

However, 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 earlier yesterday morning.

Jaruchart Maadthong, 40, was involved in a motorcycle crash at 1am. He died shortly after at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital.

Mr Aira also said that Mr Vorayuth and his lawyer have been invited to testify before the panel. If they fail to show up, they will be summoned using a law on the summons power of House committees.

Meanwhile, Warawit Sukboon, secretary-general of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), said on Thursday that the anti-graft agency is ready to investigate the prosecutors who dropped all charges against Mr Vorayuth.

He was speaking after lawyer Ronnarong Kaewphet led law students from across the country to lodge a petition with the anti-graft agency asking it to look into whether prosecutors who acquitted Mr Vorayuth exercised their power honestly and in line with the law.

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Kurt | 01 August 2020 - 08:58:20

House committee has no reservations about what the RTP like them to believe? The whole RED BULL HEIR case is a soap opera. 8 Years the Heir not  traced? Charges dropped?After 8 years out of the blue 2 speed witnesses? They occur to be '1 day flies', and RTP let them 'die' 1 by 1. These 2 witnesses never existed. Now they have to get rid of that not working dental matter. Next scene...

LALALA | 01 August 2020 - 08:24:59

correct Kurt.. and the worst is that this kind of face saving - I call it simply lying - goes through the whole society, from the top down to the bottom. You can experience it every minute in daily life in LOS to a higher extend than in other countries in SEA.

Capricornball | 31 July 2020 - 16:19:09

Wow, we all knew that this Boss case just stunk to high heaven, but amazingly, it just keeps getting worse by the day...now drugs, hack witness dies in mysterious motorbike crash at 1 AM. This is just shining more light on how corrupt police are. This is a great time to do some major house cleaning to sweep this filthy corruption away. Heads should be rolling over this case.

Kurt | 31 July 2020 - 09:49:46

The Thai fantasies/lies are unlimited. It is hilarious what they can do pop up out of the high hat to save their skin. If the dental excuse is correct, they trapped themselves, as after described treatment, you are not allowed to drive by thai laws. ( alcohol, drugs,  medical drugs)  Without thinking they all the time talk themselves in the 'corner'.


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