Not if but when
In her June 29 commentary, "It's now time to scrutinise govt 'aid' packages," Khun Paritta Wangkiat mentioned: "if the government fails to assure transparency and efficiency of spending"....... If? Let's face it, that's a certainty.
Governments here are well known for their corruption and this one has just reorganised its leadership to ensure the people they care about are at the front of the line when payback takes place.
'Boss' arrest a must
Re: "Prosecutors tell cops to hurry up and find "Boss", (BP, June 28).
I fully agree with Office of the Attorney-General Deputy Spokesman Prayut Phetkun that the cops should urgently pursue Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, wanted in the high-profile 2012 hit-and-run killing of a motorcycle cop. Years ago, the Associated Press tracked the fugitive down without trouble to his London apartment -- yet our highly skilled police, who know exactly where every critic of the regime or royalty is, cannot find this alleged cop-killer? Try Chelsea or a Red Bull-sponsored car racing event. You have just seven years before the statute of limitations runs out.
But the prosecutors are also accountable for the slow-as-molasses pace of this case -- for they took five years to charge him with reckless driving causing death and failing to help a crash victim. They knew the court dates, approved hearing postponements seven times, and took no action to have his passport seized. The OAG should keep the case before the media -- and clean up its house to be ready in case PM Prayut Chan-o-cha finally extends rule of law to cover the mega-rich "Boss".
A tale of two cases
It is my belief that Vorayuth Yoovidhya (BP, June 28) will never face justice for the hit-and-run killing of a policeman. As far as I know, he has not spent one day behind bars and thwarted the justice system simply by flying out the country on a private jet. Compare that with the recent release of activist Thanet Anantawong (BP, June 25) who spent almost four years behind bars before eventually being acquitted, not to mention anyone else the establishment does not like, who can be charged with an offence under the highly ambiguous Computer Crime Act.
There is something that permeates almost all Thai institutions from the top down. I dear reader cannot possibly mention it but I suspect you know what I am talking about.
Not hard to find
Time for my Monday morning laugh to start the week. Re: "Boss", the police say they cannot start extradition procedures until they know what country he is living in. What???
The whole world knows where he is. He is a feature in so many daily news reports. Yet the Royal Thai Police cannot find him? Tell me another one. Better yet, I'll tell you another one even better. Daddy is paying for "not being able to locate his brat".
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