Thai PM orders deeper look into loss of life of witness in Crimson Bull hit-and-run case

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Prayut Chan-o-cha wearing a suit and tie: Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends the 2019 National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day at a Convention Center in Bangkok


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Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends the 2019 Nationwide Anti-Trafficking in Individuals Day at a Conference Middle in Bangkok

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s prime minister has ordered a second post-mortem be carried out after the loss of life of a key witness in a lethal hit-and-run case linked to the inheritor to the Crimson Bull power drink fortune, amid public anger that the costs have been dropped.

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Jaruchart Mardthong, 40, died in what police mentioned seemed like a motorbike accident on Thursday, amid public suspicion in regards to the actual reason behind his loss of life.

Outcomes of an preliminary post-mortem haven’t but been launched. Native media mentioned his household had deliberate to cremate the physique on Sunday.

He was a key witness within the police investigation into Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, who was accused of killing a police officer in 2012, in line with deputy authorities spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul.

Police mentioned final week that each one expenses towards Vorayuth had been dropped, stirring public anger in regards to the nation’s entrenched tradition of impunity for the wealthy and well-connected.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha needs to make sure justice and clear public suspicion over the case, Traisulee mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.

“The prime minister reiterates that the federal government will assist create justice within the case. Any wrongdoers shall be punished. This case is not going to be unresolved within the public’s thoughts,” she mentioned.

Police mentioned Jaruchart had died at hospital after crashing with one other motorbike driver, who was additionally injured however had left hospital.

Prayuth beforehand mentioned a committee had been fashioned to take a look at what led to the case being dropped however it will not intervene within the work of the attorney-general, police and courtroom. The committee has 30 days to finish its process.

Vorayuth had missed eight summonses to look in courtroom. He was accused of crashing his black Ferrari into policeman Wichien Klanprasert and dragging his physique for dozens of metres earlier than fleeing the scene. He was 27 on the time.

Authorities issued a warrant for his arrest 5 years after the incident and Vorayuth later left the nation. His present whereabouts are unknown.

Police have mentioned the previous case towards Vorayuth had formally ended and will solely be relaunched if family members of the sufferer filed the case on to a courtroom, or if there have been new witnesses or proof.

(Reporting by Parnarat Thepgumpanat and Orathai Sriring; Modifying by Kim Coghill)

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