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PM says panel to decide whether he could reopen Red Bull heir case

PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said at 11 a.m. today (August 3) that it is up to the special committee examining the dropping of charges against Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya in the hit-and-run case that led to a policeman’s death in September 2012 to decide whether he could reopen this case nor not, Naewna newspaper reported.

Speaking at the site of the phase 2 of Din Daeng community urban rehabilitation project Gen. Prayut pointed out that he is in the executive branch of the government and therefore would not infringe upon the work of this committee, which is headed by Mr. Wicha Mahakun and is holding its first meeting today.

The Premier added that should the panel suggest anything for him to do, and this is within the framework of what he could do, then he would  it. However he pointed out that there are the legal and legal reform sides involved so for that reason the steps have to be checked to ensure there are no problems.

Reporters asked Gen. Prayut if he would reopen the case should academics propose that he do so,  to which he replied that this is currently being studied with the committee checking whether he could or not. The panel is today checking at what stage this case is in and who is responsible with this being a different authority.

Questioned whether his ordering the withholding of the body of star witness, Mr.  Charuchart Madthong, for an autopsy indicated there was something suspicious about his death, the Prime Minister replied that he took this action because the public and social media had voiced suspicion about his death in a motorcycle accident last week.

It was for that reason he ordered the police to check whether this could be done and whether the deceased man’s relatives agreed or not. If nothing comes out of it, it ends there, but facts are needed to end various problems that had arisen, he added.


Top: Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, left, and the Ferrari he was driving the morning of the hit-and-run incident. Photo: Naewna


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