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15 people helped Red Bull heir evade justice – Thailand’s NACC

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The secretary-general of Thailand’s National Counter-Corruption Commission says a total of 15 people helped Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya evade justice after a fatal hit-and-run incident in 2012.

According to a Nation Thailand report, Niwatchai Kasemmongkol says the anti-graft body has identified 15 people, including senior officials and policemen, who helped Boss avoid justice. Senior police officer Wichian Klanprasert was killed in 2012 after the motorbike he was riding was struck by Vorayuth’s speeding Ferrari in Bangkok. Boss then kept driving at high speed, dragging the policeman’s body another 200 metres along Sukhumvit Road.

Niwatchai says that at a meeting held on Tuesday, September 5, a commission committee agreed to accuse the unnamed 15 people, saying evidence had been tampered with in relation to the speed at which Boss was driving at the time his vehicle collided with Wichian’s bike.

No details have been provided as to who the 15 accused are, with Niwatchai saying he needs to wait for the official report before commenting further.

There is speculation that former national police chief Somyos Pumphanmuang is involved, along with former deputy attorney-general Nate Naksuk.

Former assistant national police chief Permpoon Chidchob is also suspected of involvement. However, Nation Thailand reports that the charges against him are not as serious and he is only expected to face disciplinary action. Permpoon is suspected of helping Boss by endorsing Nate’s decision to drop all charges against the Red Bull heir.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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