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House grills Nate over ‘Boss’ move

House grills Nate over ‘Boss’ move

BANGKOK: Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk was grilled on Thursday (Aug 13) during a joint sitting of two House committees that demanded to know why he did not indict Red Bull scion Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 14 August 2020, 10:47AM

Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk is at the parliament in Bangkok on Thursday. Photo: Supplied / Bangkok Post

Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk is at the parliament in Bangkok on Thursday. Photo: Supplied / Bangkok Post

Mr Nate told panel members questioning his judgement that his decision was above-board and said he welcomed any probe into his financial affairs, reports the Bangkok Post.

It was his first public appearance since sparking uproar by dropping the causing death by reckless driving charge against Mr Vorayuth. He also confirmed on Thursday he had tendered his resignation to protect the reputation of the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG), the agency he has served for 40 years.

The charge was dropped due to statements from specialists and witnesses who claimed Mr Vorayuth’s Ferrari was travelling within the speed limit and that the policeman who was killed had cut in front of his vehicle.

The meeting was held jointly by the House committee on laws, justice and human rights chaired by Palang Pracharath Party MP Sira Jenjaka and the House committee on public independent organisations chaired by Jirayu Huangsap, a Pheu Thai Party MP.

Mr Nate said his decision was based on evidence in the police report and insisted all witnesses who testified about the car’s speed were legitimate.

According to Mr Nate, in the report, Pol Lt Col Thanasit Taengchan, from the Office of Police Forensic Science, who examined the scene of the accident in 2012, changed his statement and revised the Ferrari’s speed from 177km/h to 79km/h. 


Mr Nate said prosecutors were following due process when they agreed to consider Mr Vorayuth’s petitions for fair treatment.

The OAG was criticised for allowing Mr Vorayuth to exploit a technicality to drag out the probe by submitting a petition seeking fair treatment more than six times.

Asked about the role of a panel under the now-defunct National Legislative Assembly in the case, Mr Nate said the panel became involved after Mr Vorayuth petitioned for fairness. The panel was accused of pressuring the police and the OAG to re-investigate the case leading to the dropping of the charge.

Meanwhile, at least 14 police were found sloppy in their handling of the probe into the hit-and-run case, according to a police panel.

Pol Lt Gen Jaruwat Waisaya, deputy chairman of the panel, said the inquiry found the handling by 14 police involved in the case was flawed. For example they failed to take the suspect’s urine sample for a drug test and did not issue an arrest warrant as recommended by prosecutors.

He said the national police chief would be asked to consider probes against them.

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Kurt | 16 August 2020 - 08:41:07

Why needed to ask national police chief to look into handling of 14 sloppy/may be lying police? Is that not already his job to do? Keep up the standards ( what that may be in that organisation) of the (R)TP? Start to feel for Mr Nate, on the brink of his retirement they manoeuvred him in scape goat position. Put him on the wrong leg?Indeed thrown under the bus. Next soap scene, please.

Capricornball | 14 August 2020 - 22:55:34

So Mr. Nate resigned to "protect the reputation of the Office of the Attorney-General".  !!! HaHaHa !!!  Kinda lookin like his partners in crime in government have thrown Mr. Nate under the bus, selecting him as Scapegoat #1, so I hope he starts singing like a bird.  Many heads should roll over this embarrassing fiasco...all the way up the chain.


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