Updated: Rich people’s “justice”

6 03 2013

It was only a week ago that PPT posted a link to Kaewmala’s post on the nature of justice in Thailand. As we said then, she began with a provocative header: “Justice is ‘blind’ – to the rich’s crimes.” So it is that she is proven correct with a story in The Nation that tells us that Kanpitak Patchimsawat, known as Moo Ham and the son of a wealthy businessman, who in 2007 was involved in a road accident where his Mercedes Benz crashed into a bus, attacked the bus driver and then drove his car into people at the nearby bus-stop killing one and injuring seven.

He was initially sentenced to ten years, but this was reduced because he “had provided compensation to the victims and their families and that he had a mental problem.” Now, after several appeals, the Appeals Court has given him a two years’ suspended jail term. No jail time. This is because the court found that the rich kid “had a mental problem that reduced his ability to control himself while under stress.”

As Kaewmala stated:

Amid case after case of blatant exploitation of power and influence, the Thai pubic has become almost desensitized by the impunity of the rich and come to expect different standards of justice applied to the rich and the poor.

The Bangkok Post has a fuller account of the whittling away of his sentence.

Update: Another case of rich kids and justice (or lack thereof) is reported in The Nation. This one refers to the case of hit-and-run rich kid 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 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.

Now the police investigators have submitted their final report. The police “insisted that the police had not dragged their feet but were carefully investigating the case within its time frame of six months.” Oddly, a police boss is reported as stating that the “police did not fear criticism if the end result turns out like that of Kanpitak “Moo Ham” Patchimsawat…”. Another scion of the rich is set to walk away?

 


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