The rich don’t care

26 09 2012

PPT has several times commented on rich peoples’ justice and about the rich who act like they are royals and above all common people.

AP reports on the billionaire family of a Red Bull drink heir who stands accused of killing a policeman by smashing into him in his 30 million baht Ferrari and then streaking off – dragging the policeman’s body for a distance – to hide in his mansion and to organize a cover-up with other corrupt police. Of course, for the filthy rich in Thailand, this is the normal thing to do.

That caused well-deserved outrage as rumors swirled about Vorayuth Yoovidhya, grandson of the recently deceased Sino-Thai tycoon Chaleo, claiming drunk driving and even cocaine use.

The Yoovidhya family has now done the other thing that the dripping rich do when facing charges that involve deaths. They have paid compensation to the policeman’s relatives. This payment is usually to gain a personal debt and thus a lessening of anger and, hopefully, and easy run in court. Again, as we noted, this is normal for the rich and contributes to the view that they can get away with murder. They reportedly paid 3 million baht ($97,000).

A police officer stated that “the settlement will protect Vorayuth from a civil lawsuit.” He added: “We sometimes call this a ‘funeral fee.’ If the victim’s party is satisfied with the amount of money, then they will not seek compensation through a court…”.

Public outrage has again grown over the incident. This family is is worth 162 billion baht. That’s billion, not million. The car used when the policeman was killed cost 30 million baht. The “compensation” paid was 3 million baht. The rich kill and they can buy and bribe their way through a corrupt judicial system.


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6 03 2013
Updated: Rich people’s “justice” | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Vorayuth Yoovidhya of the Red Bull family. PPT has three earlier posts on his case (here, here and here). In one of these posts we explained that he stands accused of killing a policeman by smashing into […]

6 03 2013
Updated: Rich people’s “justice” «Political Prisoners of Thailand Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Vorayuth Yoovidhya of the Red Bull family. PPT has three earlier posts on his case (here, here and here). In one of these posts we explained that he stands accused of killing a policeman by smashing into […]

25 01 2015
Judiciaries against justice | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] bribery and corruption, undue palace influence and operates on blatant double standards, including a bias for the rich. When it comes to lese majeste cases, the application of the “law” is inexplicable […]

25 01 2015
Judiciaries against justice | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] bribery and corruption, undue palace influence and operates on blatant double standards, including a bias for the rich. When it comes to lese majeste cases, the application of the “law” is inexplicable except by […]

16 04 2016
Impunity for the rich | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] There’s also a transcript of the story. We had some earlier comments on earlier instances, here, here and here. […]

16 04 2016
Impunity for the rich | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] There’s also a transcript of the story. We had some earlier comments on earlier instances, here, here and here. […]