With a major update: Red Bull racing (away)

1 05 2017

It is a widely-known story, in Thailand and beyond. As the Bangkok Post states: “Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the suspect in a brutal hit-and-run case in which a police officer was killed, gave authorities the slip once again by leaving Thailand for an unknown destination on April 25, just two days before he was due to answer charges over the 2012 incident.”

His case demonstrates how Thailand’s (in)justice system doesn’t work, except for the poor and regime political opponents.

His case demonstrates how the rich control the legal system while laughing at notions that rules and laws apply to them. They do this while remaining “good” people and shouting about and paying for loyalty to the throne.

Five years after the allegedly coked-up and drunk rich kid drove over a cop and drove off, dragging the body along, to hide in his gated and guarded family home.

Five years have produced no justice. How can that be?

Because, says “deputy police spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen” it is still being “investigated.” He says: “the probe is not being stalled but has been extended to make sure all involved are questioned thoroughly.”

That’s a pile of warm buffalo manure: “The inquiry centres on the police’s handling of the case, which faced heavy criticism after two charges — speeding and reckless driving causing damage to others’ property — were dropped after their one-year statute of limitations expired.”

It is clear that, as in other cases, the rich and powerful have allies and bought-off supporters and interference runners. The rich and powerful have impunity and justice is not for them.

In this latest story, “Boss” has again skipped Thailand for parts unknown (or that’s what the police say).

The “investigators,” who know where he lives and allow him to come and go from Thailand time and time again, are now calling on Interpol to “assist” in finding the rich Vorayuth. No doubt Interpol sees some crappy and incompetent police work and a deal of police corruption, but Thailand’s (in)justice system must be one of the top-ranked for these (manufactured) failures.

Money and loyalty buys a lot of “justice” in Thailand.

Update: In the post above we were writing of justice for the rich. How does justice work for the poor? Here’s an example:

KALASIN — A middle-aged couple appealing harsh punishment for picking mushrooms from a protected forest had their sentences reduced by 10 years by the Supreme Court on Tuesday

Udom Sirisorn and Daeng Sirisorn, 54 and 51 respectively, were handed down reduced sentences of five years by a court in Kalasin province, seven years after they were first convicted of illegal logging there.

In July, 2010, the couple had gone into Kalasin’s Dong Radaeng Forest to collect wild mushrooms for cooking. They were arrested by police and quickly sentenced to 30 years in prison, which was reduced by half because they had confessed.

They first appealed in 2014 but a court upheld their original sentences, and the couple served 17 months in jail before being freed on bail. The controversial sentences for the couple spawned a campaign calling for their release online and complaints about the nation’s double-standard justice system.

 


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18 08 2017
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18 08 2017
Journalists do the state’s work | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] We won’t repeat it all here. We do recall that, back in May, […]