Updated: Prawit, the rich and the death of a “witness”

31 07 2020

The Bangkok Post reports on the social media storm around The Watchman, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, who is the head of the Palang Pracharath Party, a coup plotter and a corrupt old soldier.

Prawit has been forced to deny “that his family had influence over the decision to drop the manslaughter charge against Red Bull scion Vorayuth ‘Boss’ Yoovidhya…”.

Various reports have claimed that:

Gen Prawit’s brother, Admiral Sitthawat, was chairman of the now-dissolved National Legislative Assembly (NLA) committee when Mr Vorayuth’s lawyer, Samak, petitioned it to have the charge dropped.

The reports said the committee later asked prosecutors to send Vorayuth’s case file back to the police to reconsider his indictments, citing new witnesses. The move effectively killed the case against the young heir.

Gen Prawit’s denials were unconvincing and the view that the regime’s bosses have been involved is unlikely to be reduced.

This is especially the case when one of the “new” witnesses who the police and prosecutors have claimed to have provided “evidence” for dropping the charges against Vorayuth has been killed in a traffic accident. With echos of the Saudi gems scandal, which had a huge body count. Describing it as a “normal accident,” may not cut the mustard with a skeptical public.

Update: It just gets “better” and more “hilarious.” According to the Bangkok Post, Bangkok’s cops are now claiming “that illicit chemical substances, including cocaine, found in Red Bull scion Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya in the 2012 hit-and-run case were used for his dental treatment…”. They claimed that “a dentist confirmed he had administered medicines which had cocaine as a component for dental treatment.” Let us guess. It was the family dentist….

The garrulous cops were speaking before a parliamentary committee and had nothing at all to support this claim: “the police did not provide clear details and had no medical documents to prove that chemical substances found in Mr Vorayuth’s body were the result of dental treatment…”.

Just for fun, we looked briefly at cocaine in dentistry. We found a scientific article, “Cocaine in dental Surgery” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). That was from 1885. There’s a Drugs.com entry that says, “Although cocaine is an acceptable topical anesthetic for dental procedures, it is no longer extensively used in dentistry because of its toxicity.” At Dental Economics there’s a history of local anesthesia and the use of cocaine in dentistry. It states:

Cocaine was abandoned because of inconsistency in efficacy, and it was difficult to obtain.

In 1905, Procaine (Novocaine) was introduced. To this was added Epinephrine, which reduced the dissipation of the drug. The “caines” developed subsequent to cocaine have no relationship to cocaine other than an etymological and pharmacological one in that they cause anesthesia.


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1 08 2020
Cocaine blues for the clowns in brown | Political Prisoners in Thailand

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