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World Thai PM orders deeper look into death of witness in Red Bull hit-and-run case

15:51  02 august  2020
15:51  02 august  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Thai police: Charges on Red Bull heir dropped from '12 crash

  Thai police: Charges on Red Bull heir dropped from '12 crash BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who was accused in a 2012 car crash that killed a Bangkok police officer, Thai police said Friday. Lt. Col. Thanawuth Sanguansuk from the Thong Lor police station confirmed that all charges against Vorayuth Yoovidhya had been dropped. Thanawuth said that the prosecutors who handled the prosecution of the case had informed the police last month that they have decided to drop all charges. “Yes, they had informed us of their opinion to drop all charges. They are citing the fact the family members are compensated already,” said Thanawuth.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand 's prime minister has ordered a second autopsy be conducted after the death of a key witness in a deadly hit - and - run Jaruchart Mardthong, 40, died in what police said looked like a motorcycle accident on Thursday, amid public suspicion about the exact cause of his

The case involving Vorayuth Yoovidhya, whose family owns about half of the Red Bull empire, has highlighted longstanding allegations that the rich and BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand ’s prime minister responded Wednesday to growing public furor by ordering a probe into the dropping of criminal

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's prime minister has ordered a second autopsy be conducted after the death of a key witness in a deadly hit-and-run case linked to the heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune, amid public anger that the charges were dropped.

Prayut Chan-o-cha wearing a suit and tie: Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends the 2019 National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day at a Convention Center in Bangkok © Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends the 2019 National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day at a Convention Center in Bangkok

Jaruchart Mardthong, 40, died in what police said looked like a motorcycle accident on Thursday, amid public suspicion about the exact cause of his death.

Thailand: the extremely rich Red Bull heir is no longer worried, after the death of a police officer

 Thailand: the extremely rich Red Bull heir is no longer worried, after the death of a police officer © Pixabay Thailand: the extremely rich Red Bull heir is no longer worried, after the death of a police officer Yoovidhya, heir Red Bull, which fatally ran over a policeman in Bangkok in 2012 before fleeing in his Ferrari, has seen the charges against him dropped in Thailand, where the rich are often suspected of benefiting from a culture of 'impunity. Billionaire Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, Red Bull heir, is no longer worried about the death of a Thai policeman in 2012.

Police in Thailand said Thursday that a witness whose testimony was important in having hit - and - run charges dropped against a heir Thailand ’s prime minister responded Wednesday, July 29, 2020, to growing public furor by ordering a probe into the dropping of criminal charges against the Thai heir to

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday his government would ensure justice prevails over a deadly 2012 hit - and - run linked to the heir to the Red Bull energy drink The Office of the Attorney-General and police said they were also looking into what led to the case being dropped.

Results of an initial autopsy have not yet been released. Local media said his family had planned to cremate the body on Sunday.

He was a key witness in the police investigation into Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, who was accused of killing a police officer in 2012, according to deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul.

Police said last week that all charges against Vorayuth had been dropped, stirring public anger about the country's entrenched culture of impunity for the rich and well-connected.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha wants to ensure justice and clear public suspicion over the case, Traisulee said in a statement on Sunday.

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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday his government would ensure justice prevails over a deadly 2012 hit - and - run linked to the heir to the Red Bull energy drink The Office of the Attorney-General and police said they were also looking into what led to the case being dropped.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday his government would ensure justice prevails over a deadly 2012 hit - and - run linked to the heir to the Red Bull energy drink The Office of the Attorney-General and police said they were also looking into what led to the case being dropped.

"The prime minister reiterates that the government will help create justice in the case. Any wrongdoers will be punished. This case will not be unresolved in the public's mind," she said.

Police said Jaruchart had died at hospital after crashing with another motorcycle driver, who was also injured but had left hospital.

Prayuth previously said a committee had been formed to look at what led to the case being dropped but it would not interfere in the work of the attorney-general, police and court. The committee has 30 days to complete its task.

Vorayuth had missed eight summonses to appear in court. He was accused of crashing his black Ferrari into policeman Wichien Klanprasert and dragging his body for dozens of metres before fleeing the scene. He was 27 at the time.

Authorities issued a warrant for his arrest five years after the incident and Vorayuth later left the country. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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A Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune was accused of killing a policeman in a hit - and - run eight years ago. Charges were dropped. Why?

Thailand ’s prime minister responded Wednesday, July 29, 2020, to growing public furor by ordering a probe into the dropping of criminal charges BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Thursday that a witness whose testimony was important in having hit - and - run charges dropped against a heir to

Police have said the old case against Vorayuth had officially ended and could only be relaunched if relatives of the victim filed the case directly to a court, or if there were new witnesses or evidence.

(Reporting by Parnarat Thepgumpanat and Orathai Sriring; Editing by Kim Coghill)


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