Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has admitted there was negligence in the handling of the 2012 hit-and-run case involving Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya.
The Prime Minister was speaking on Monday after he received a report into the handling of the investigation submitted by Vicha Mahakun, chairman of the committee looking into alleged misconduct set up by the prime minister.
“Negligence has been detected in many parts of the past handling of the case. With these facts in hand now, the government will form a new committee to work on the five points identified by the Vicha-led committee,” said Gen Chan-o-cha.
The prime minister blamed the problems identified on law enforcement by certain officials, saying it was not the entire justice system that failed in the handling of this case.
Despite admitting that this case should have been dealt with a long time ago, Gen Chan-o-cha said he believed it was still possible to start all over again.
Speaking after submitting the full 100-page report to Gen Chan-o-cha on Monday morning, Mr Mahakun said Gen Chan-o-cha had promised to discuss the findings at today’s cabinet meeting.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam also attended Monday’s briefing that took about an hour, he said.
After today’s cabinet meeting, Gen Chan-o-cha will give an interview in which he will summarise the findings for the public, said Mr Mahakun, adding that he would then discuss the report in detail with the media after.
The PM will make the report public to prove the government’s intention to turn its recommendations into action, said Mr Mahakun.
Mr Mahakun last week hinted that the report recommends that both the police and public prosecution organisations will have to be reformed given their mishandling of the hit-and-run case.