By Bhuva Chira, Sanook.com
THE PUBLIC prosecutors working group has cleared the Deputy Attorney-General of any wrongdoing for ordering the withdrawal of charges against Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya but also opined that the case be reexamined on grounds cocaine use and new evidence on speeding, Sanook.com reported today (August 4, 2020).
Wichian Klanprasert, a police officer based at Thonglor station, was killed on September 3, 2012 with Vorayuth, grandson of billionaire Red Bull co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, being accused of driving his black Ferrari and slamming into the policeman’s motorcycle at high speed and zooming away after dragging his body for a certain stretch of Sukhumvit road.
The seven-member working group said at 10 a.m. today that after examining all the details of the case it has found that Deputy Attorney-General Mr. Net Naksuk’s order to drop the charges was accurate and in accordance with regulations of the Attorney-General in all respects.
However, the blood test result since the day incident has revealed cocaine use which goes against the Narcotics Control Act 2519 (1976). Since this charge has not been filed against Vorayuth the working group has proposed to the Attorney-General that investigation officials prosecute on this charge. The statute of limitations is 10 years and has not expired.
In addition, an important evidence, that is one witness, Dr. Sathorn Vijarnwannaluk , a professor at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, who calculated that Vorayuth had been driving at 177 kilometres an hour that morning, was not included in the investigation report.
The panel added that the Dr. Sathorn’s testimony is considered to be a new evidence in accordance with Criminal Procedure Code and it will therefore propose that the Attorney-General inform investigation officials to start investigating the Vorayuth case again.
In short, the working group will propose to the Attorney- General to send the case back to the investigation officials to probe cocaine use and driving faster than permitted by law because of new evidence having been found in the proceedings.
Top: Three of the seven members of the public prosecutors committee examining the case against Red Bull heir Vorayuth. Thai headline says, “moving to reexamine the case.” Photo: Sanoo.com