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Protection offered to key witness in Boss case

Protection offered to key witness in Boss case

BANGKOK: A witness protection programme is ready to provide protection to the key witness in Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya’s hit-and-run case, says Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 21 August 2020, 09:57AM


Former national police chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung arrives at the Office of the Council of State for questioning in connection with the Vorayuth Yoovidhya hit-and-run case. Pol Gen Somyot allegedly brought a lecturer to give new evidence about the speed of the car driven by Mr Vorayuth in the crash.  Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

Former national police chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung arrives at the Office of the Council of State for questioning in connection with the Vorayuth Yoovidhya hit-and-run case. Pol Gen Somyot allegedly brought a lecturer to give new evidence about the speed of the car driven by Mr Vorayuth in the crash.  Photo: Chanat Katanyu / Bangkok Post

The Justice Ministry would protect all witnesses in the case, whether government officers or the public, he pledged.

The witness, Pol Col Thanasit Taengchan, from the Office of Police Forensic Science, examined the scene of the accident in 2012 and later changed his statement to revise down the speed of Vorayuth’s Ferrari from 177kph to 79kph.

The greatly reduced speed was an important factor in prosecutors deciding to drop charges against Mr Vorayuth.

Earlier this month, however, Pol Col Thanasit said he had faced pressure from senior officers and later tried in vain to change his statement back to 177kph.

Sources in the Rights and Liberties Protection Department said it had periodically advised Pol Col Thanasit about the conditions for witness protection.

Pol Col Thanasit told the department he had some concerns about who would be protecting him and also that he only wanted to be protected at certain times.

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Concerns over his safety mounted after another key witness in the case, Jaruchart Mardthong, died in a motorbike accident in Chiang Mai province shortly after his evidence in favour of Mr Vorayuth was publicised.

Vicha Mahakun, chairman of an inquiry committee appointed by the prime minister, on Wednesday expressed concern for Pol Col Thanasit.

Move Forward Party MP Rangsiman Rome earlier said that, according to a House committee report, former national police chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung had introduced university lecturer Saiprasit Koetniyom, who estimated Mr Vorayuth’s speed to have been below 80kph, to Pol Col Thanasit in February 2016.

Pol Gen Somyot yesterday said he had nothing to do with the case, didn’t know the lecturer and had been in Switzerland on the day in question.

The police panel probing the alleged mishandling of the 2012 hit-and-run case wrapped up its investigation on Wednesday (Aug 19) – 20 police were found to be negligent, some of whom had since retired.

The Public Prosecutor Commission earlier this week decided not to set up a panel to investigate Deputy Attorney-General Nate Naksuk over his decision to drop Mr Vorayuth’s reckless driving causing death charge. It said the proposed panel would only be duplicating another panel’s work.

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Kurt | 24 August 2020 - 09:58:14

Until now we still don't know against who the key witness have to be protected. And for what? The criminal is in 'exile' abroad. Thai Intelligence is of zero value ( a worry about National security) when they don't know were the criminal remains who in fact can be regular seen publicly abroad.  Is this a many millions dollar game for the Thai law enforcement departments?

Fascinated | 21 August 2020 - 11:20:14

Nice that lowly paid Police Generals have the means to travel to Switzerland. That's their official salary though, of course. Its about time the unusual wealth of their very clever businesswomen wives was investigated.

Kurt | 21 August 2020 - 10:14:37

Honest law enforcement people in Thailand need protection program? What is wrong with Thailand that good Government people can not be honest? It makes me remember that honest Police General who 'escaped' a few years ago to Australia to save his life and got asylum there. This is a blow in the face of people who always blindly say, the law is the law. Practical not true in Thailand.

Rorri_2 | 21 August 2020 - 10:09:09

Mmm, who will be the "protectors?" surely NOT the not so royal Police

 

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