The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Police in Red Bull scion case face probe

Police in Red Bull scion case face probe

BANGKOK: The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has formed a panel to probe police officers who allegedly assisted Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya in evading charges in connection with the hit-and-run case in which a policeman died five years ago.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 20 July 2017, 09:02AM

Five years on, Vorayuth Yoovidhaya has not appeared in court. Photo: AFP

Five years on, Vorayuth Yoovidhaya has not appeared in court. Photo: AFP

It is the second time the NACC has promised to investigate possible police collusion in the case.

Last September, the NACC also said it would investigate police at the Thong Lor district station, after the statute of limitations ran out on a charge of speeding, one of three charges against Vorayuth.

A second charge of failing to stop his car to help a victim, will run out on Sept 12 unless police get him before a court to charge him. The third and most serious charge of reckless driving causing death will remain pending until 2027, or 15 years after the fatal crash nearly five years ago.

It appears unlikely that the National Anti-Corruption Commission can move the case.

On Tuesday (July 18), for the first time, the Bangkok Metropolitan police chief, Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn, got directly involved. He said that the delay in seeking extradition of Vorayuth was a matter of red tape, specifically translating 34 pages of documents needed for a formal request.

Yesterday (July 19), Lt Gen Sanit said, “We are are not foot-dragging”, and claimed translations would be completed soon, perhaps by tomorrow (July 21).

Vorayuth, his billionaire mother Daranee Yoovidhya and his two siblings currently have a primary residence in London, although it took the US news agency Associated Press to determine that.

Family seen with Vorayuth at the London residence in addition to his mother were his brother Varit “Porsche” Yoovidhya, a luxury car dealer in Bangkok, and his sister Varangkana, nicknamed Champagne.

It is expected that when the extradition-form translations are completed that police will then say they are uncertain when and how to file the papers, because they are uncertain of the whereabouts of the jet-setting suspect.

The NACC claimed last year it was opening an investigation into whether a senior policeman might have been behind the alleged irregularity that resulted in failure to detain and charge Vorayuth. The anti-corruption agency has never reported on the progress or result of that probe.

Yesterday, the NACC said that it had notified the Royal Thai Police about its decision to set up the new panel. It will be led by NACC member Surasak Keereevichien, a source said.

The new investigation will attempt to zero in on multiple police officers who allegedly abused their positions to help Vorayuth avoid being charged with drink driving and speeding, the source said.

The officers also failed to take Vorayuth to prosecutors for indictment before he fled the country, the source noted.

The six officers to be investigated are Maj Gen Krit Piakaeo, former chief of Metropolitan Police Division 5; two of his deputies, Col Sukun Prommayon and Col Traimet U-Thai; Col Chumpol Phumphuang, superintendent of Thong Lor Police Station; as well as Lt Col Wiboon Thinwathanakul and Lt Col Wiradol Thaptimdee, both inquiry officers.

Last year’s NACC probe came after the agency received allegations of police playing a role in the expiry of the statute of limitations for the speeding charge, according to NACC sources. At that time, the chief target of the investigation was Maj Gen Krit Piakaeo, former chief of Metropolitan Police Division 5, which oversees the Thong Lor area. Maj Gen Krit had already retired from police service.

But since the probe supposedly started last September, there has been no sign of progress.

The last time the 2016 probe was mentioned was when the NACC sent a letter to city police chief Lt Gen Sanit – who still holds that position – asking him to send “relevant officers” to meet the agency on Oct 3 for questioning, along with relevant documents regarding the case.

It is believed that none of the officers mentioned had appeared at the NACC.

Read original story here.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.


chiangmai 1 | 20 July 2017 - 13:07:38

bit late now,he is gone and the case is nearly dead.the paper trail is destroyed pretty much now

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Body of second missing Filipino found off Phuket

Koh Keow (Green Island) is 1 of 2 small islands in the south of Phuket next to Promthep Cape. Isnt i...(Read More)

Phuket readies for HM King’s birthday

Fascinated, it is clearly mentioned that no ban on alcohol sales has been announced SO FAR. What n...(Read More)

Cross Hotels & Resorts inks deal for new Phuket venue

To be clear, they are taking over an existing hotel, not adding a new one to Patong's already th...(Read More)

Phuket Poll: Environmental damage, prices too high

And what would Mr.K like officials to do about those high prices? Force everyone to sell food at low...(Read More)

PM Prayut calls out Phuket van driver for overcharging Aussie tourists

What has this water shortage talk from Mr.K to do with this article? And as he knows that there wil...(Read More)

Phuket airport van B3k fare ‘just a misunderstanding’, say police

As Mr.K knows the prices so well,maybe he could tell us what the published prices are at those desk...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: Hit the dog

No one would deny that this was an appalling thing to do, but if you want to talk about legal ramifi...(Read More)

Phuket readies for HM King’s birthday

Err Capn Jack READ the last sentence there is CLEARLY mention of it....(Read More)

Bridging Supply: Officials reveal B3.5bn proposal to resolve island’s water shortage woes

Ahhhh Dkk- still as arrogant as ever I read. I've been waiting years for YOUR constructive comme...(Read More)

Phuket Poll: Environmental damage, prices too high

Great Phuket Poll. Now waiting for response of Phuket Officialdom as the outcome is significant. Sic...(Read More)