The Red Bull investigation continues to race, but now with a special commission of inquiry
Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission, the NACC, yesterday established a special committee of nine members to investigate 15 current and retired officials. They are alleged to be involved in the hit-and-run against Vorayuth Yoovidhya alias “The Boss”, the heir to Red Bull in 2012.
The files were closed in July 2020 after prosecutors dropped the latest charge against Vorayuth for the death of a motorcycle cop – a decision that police did not appeal, but did not favour the public’s decision. which sparked public outcry and accusations of corruption, which was unacceptable to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and which ordered an independent investigation led by Vicha Mahakun, a legal expert and former NACC commissioner.
In the meantime, prosecutors announced new charges against Vorayuth for reckless driving resulting in death and using cocaine.
The ground became “The Boss” too hot underfoot and he fled the country in 2017.
The evidence clearly indicates that the investigators were not professional as some of the allegations were omitted in the case report,” the legal expert said, then instructed the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and the NACC to proceed with the case. investigations but now expanded to include five other people.
Among the 15 people are high-ranking police officers, both still in office and retired, prosecutors and other related officials,” said ede plv. Secretary-General of the NACC, Niwatchai Kasemmongkol, yesterday afternoon.
“According to Article 48 of the NACC Act, the committee must complete its investigation within two years, but can extend the investigation period once by a maximum of one year.”
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