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Policeman U-turns again in Boss case

Policeman U-turns again in Boss case

THAILAND: A forensic police officer who recently changed his mind and said Red Bull scion Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya was driving below 80km per hour during his deadly crash in 2012 has done another U-turn. He has now returned to his original testimony and declared the actual speed was indeed 177kph, according to a police source.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 8 August 2020, 10:19AM


Vorayuth’s current whereabouts are unknown. Photo: Bangkok Post file.

Vorayuth’s current whereabouts are unknown. Photo: Bangkok Post file.

Pol Lt Col Thanasit Taengchan, an officer from the Office of Police Forensic Science who inspected the hit-and-run scene in 2012, yesterday (Aug 7) gave evidence to a panel set up by the national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda to review the case.

He said Mr Vorayuth’s Ferrari was travelling at 177kph at the time it rear-ended the vehicle of the victim, 47-year-old Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, the source said.

This latest car speed tallies with the information he gave in 2012 to investigators but in his second testimony given in 2016, Pol Lt Col Thanasit retracted his original evidence, saying the speed was actually 79.23kph.

His latest statement was made just one day after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he was “not okay” with the handling of the high-profile case.

Gen Prayut told the Bangkok Post Forum 2020 on Thursday that the case had drawn public attention, challenged the systems of justice and laws and affected public faith in the whole government sector.

“I would like to express my standpoint in the Boss Red Bull case, that I am not okay with many aspects that remain unclear,” he noted.

Pol Lt Col Thanasit explained yesterday that he kept changing the car speed information because he was confused about his own calculations, the source quoted him as saying.

According to the source, the panel yesterday also asked medical experts for their opinions about substances found in Mr Vorayuth’s body.

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The experts confirmed that one of the substances was caused by a mixture of cocaine and alcohol, the source quoted the panel as saying.

The panel has therefore ecommended a charge of cocaine abuse be pressed against Mr Vorayuth. The recommendation will be sent to the national police chief for action, the source added.

Assistant national police chief Pol Lt Gen Jaruwat Waisaya, who is a deputy chairman of the probe panel, said it would next meet on Tuesday to wrap up its findings and present them to the national police chief.

The panel will set a date for a press briefing to allay public suspicions, particularly about why the police did not contest the prosecutors’ decision not to arraign Mr Vorayuth on the last, and most serious, charge of reckless driving causing death.

Pol Gen Chakthip said yesterday he was confident the police probe would uncover the truth as to why his officers did not appeal the prosecutors’ decision to drop that charge. He admitted the case had ruined the reputation of the Royal Thai Police and vowed that any officers found to commit wrongdoings would face tough action.

Pol Col Pakkapong Sai-ubon, deputy spokesman of the Immigration Bureau, yesterday denied reports that it had revoked arrest warrants for Mr Vorayuth and had asked Interpol to lift its red notice against him.

“’The chief of the bureau has instructed immigration officers to keep an eye out for Mr Vorayuth. If he shows up, he will be detained and quarantined at a state quarantine facility for 14 days under tight security around the clock,’” Pol Col Pakkapong said. Mr Vorayuth’s current whereabouts are unknown.

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Papa paul | 15 August 2020 - 09:52:24

He had the power. Took the bait and will live happily after. At the end of his career.  Thank you red bull.  What more can one say. Don't  have to be a Rhodes scholar to work it out. Lifes supply of red bull.

Tbird | 08 August 2020 - 22:47:45

"He admitted the case had ruined the reputation of the Royal Thai Police ..."    WHAHH, HEE HEE! Best laugh I've had in a while! 

LALALA | 08 August 2020 - 14:00:46

This is what LOS is about, lies, denying, face saving, solly no have and maybe tomollow. They are so damn stupid they can not even keep their books clean. But hey, a visit in the temple, some donations ad a deep wai and all is forgotten. Its simply disgusting. Welcome in LALALAND.

Capricornball | 08 August 2020 - 11:32:02

Ha!..you just can't make this stuff up.  In all their goofy efforts to try and make it look like they're coming clean, the corrupt clown show that is the RTP just keeps digging itself in deeper.  While the RTP already had ZERO credibility, now the Thai people have to be shaking their heads. As I've said before, nothing less than a full purge and restructuring of the RTP is needed.

Kurt | 08 August 2020 - 10:53:56

How mental unstable persons can become a Police Lt Col, completely unreliable in sworn oath statements, is saying something.  And not knowing were the RED BULL Heir Boss is, that is dumb, or a lie. Don't fool the public.

Fascinated | 08 August 2020 - 10:52:54

Not that they had much before but the RTP has lost any remaining credibility over this case. Keystone Kops were more professional.

 

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