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Probe into Red Bull scion gets new chief

THAILAND: Pol Gen Visanu Prasattongosoth, a police inspector-general, has been appointed to head a fact-finding probe into the alleged mishandling of the infamous hit-and-run case involving Vorayuth Yoovidhya, scion of the Red Bull empire.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 17 July 2021, 09:07AM

Manu: Accused of misconduct. Photo: Bangkok Post

Manu: Accused of misconduct. Photo: Bangkok Post

Pol Gen Visanu said he has had to take over the job from the former chairman, because one of the police officers to be questioned is a police general serving as a deputy police chief.

The appointment was signed off last Monday (July 12) by national police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk. The former chairman is Pol Lt Gen Chettha Komolwatthana, who will remain on the committee as a member.

The panel was set up in September last year to investigate three middle-ranking police officers over their roles in the hit-and-run case.

A police source said Pol Gen Suwat is to replace the committee chairman because two high-ranking officers stand accused of malfeasance in the case, including deputy national police chief Pol Gen Manu Mekmok over his role as commissioner of the police’s Office of Forensic Science.

According to the source, another agency has accused four police officers of misconduct.

Thai Residential

They are Pol Gen Manu; Pol Lt Gen Tawatchai Mekprasertsuk, in his former capacity as commander of the Central Police Forensic Science Division; Pol Col Wiwat Sitthisoradej, in his former capacity as a narcotics lab officer; and Pol Col Viradol Thapthimdee, in his former capacity as a Thong Lor station investigator.

The source said the Visanu panel has been instructed to report to the police chief as quickly as possible if the committee finds there are others who might have been involved in malfeasance in the hit-and-run case.

That other agency is believed to be the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), which recently launched a probe into the mishandling of the case following recommendations by former graftbuster Vicha Mahakun, head of a panel on the 2012 crash, established last year by the prime minister.

The independent committee was formed in the wake of a public outcry over attempts to drop the case by senior public prosecutors.

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Kurt | 17 July 2021 - 11:42:05

Another new RTP committee to investigate the RTP & prosecutors handling. Poor 'Red Bull', more new people at the money trough to feed the coming years to leave 'BOSS' alone in London and race tracks all over the world. Guess even Interpol can't bother anymore, seeing how Thailand (not) handles this criminal affair.

Fascinated | 17 July 2021 - 10:18:08

this should be good for another ten pages of angst on thaigeezer (Aseannowgeezer just doesn't have the same ring to it.). In a civilsed society the police would go after a cop killer no holds barred, here its all about the money. If the little coward had gone to court in the first place this all would have been sorted years ago.

Capricornball | 17 July 2021 - 10:08:50

Hmmm...looks like maybe Khun Visanu might be nearing retirement, and his buddies are giving him one last opportunity to feed at the public trough before heading off to his mountain retreat to live his life in luxury.  This case has been the shite show of all shite shows, and and the future most likely will continue to be more of the same.


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