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Prayut sets up panel while Prawit denies knowing Red Bull heir

PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning (July 29) appointed a committee to investigate the facts and the legal issues surrounding the  order to withdraw criminal charges against Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya in a hit-and-run incident that led to a policeman’s death in Bangkok on September 3, 2012, INN News reported.

Under Prime Minister’s order number 225/2563 issued by virtue of Section 11 (6) of the Administrative Affairs Act 2534 B.E. Mr. Wicha Mahakun has been appointed the chairman of this committee.

The panel’s directors include the permanent secretary of the Justice Ministry, the secretary-general of the Office of the Council of State, the chairman of the National Legal Affairs Reform Commission, the chairman of the National Justice Affairs Reform Commission, president of the Lawyers Council of Thailand, law faculty deans of Chulalongkorn, Thammasat and Ramkhamhaeng universities.

Appointed the committee’s secretary-general is the director of the Office of Civil Service Commission office.

The committee has been tasked with examining the facts and laws surrounding this case and suggest ways for improvement of the laws and the performance of officials as well as make any other relevant suggestions and report to the Prime Minister within 30 days.

Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said that the dropping of the charges against the Red Bull heir is a matter for the justice system, prosecutors and the police to explain while he was not personally acquainted with Vorayuth.

He added that he does not think the students will pick this issue to rally because the Prime Minister has already set up a committee to investigate the case.

Regarding his brother Senator Admiral Sithawat Wongsuwan, who is the chairman of the Justice, Law and Human Rights Commission of the National Legislative Assembly, having cleared the accused of wrongdoing and having sent a request for fairness to the attorney general, Gen Prawit said his family does not know the accused’s family and that they had never asked for help.

On Red Bull having donated 300 million baht to the government, Gen Prawit said this was a normal donation like any other big corporation.


Top: Prime Minister Prayut talking to the reporters today. Photo: INN News

Insert: Deputy Prime Minister Prawit, Thai headline says, “Not close to Yoovidhya.” Photo: INN News

TNR staff
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