Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Is Justice Boss or not in Thailand and UK?
Khun Veera Prateepchaikul article on Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhaya was as horrifying as it was articulate:
For over 4 years for Boss, the heir to the Red Bull drinks fortune, to evade justice in the hit and run killing of Police Sgt Major Wichian Klanprasert is astonishing. And lost in the blur of four years of his lawyers citing ill-health or business or other drivers is the horrific death of Sgt Wichian knocked under the wheels of Boss' Ferrari and dragged for over 100 metres down Soi Thonglor.
And almost as concerning is Boss now living the hi-so life in UK at London restaurants and motorshow events and the Silverstone Grand Prix. Maybe slaloming through the sois of Mayfair. Perhaps even turning up here in Kent at Brands Hatch.
And as an aside, it resonates uncannily with parts of the La Propuesta segment of the Argentine movie Wild Tales, nominated for both Cannes Palme d'Or and an Oscar, in its story of a hit and run driver of a wealthy family and the gardener and lawyers bribed to take the rap.
## Justice delayed and denied ##
Sure, British justice has its blatant weaknesses too - and here in Kent the One Essex Court fraudsters of Ian Glick QC and Guy Hollingworth follow in Lord Grabiner QC's footsteps with Judge Mann to hide behind their judicial wigs and cronies and above the law.
Or we have Steve Fitzgerald and Matt Clarke as directors of New Zealand's Infratil airports sheltering from extradition over the Manston corporate manslaughter crimes.
And much of East Kent is a byword for council corruption and secretive tax haven corporations above the law from Belize at Manston or Cayman Islands at Dreamland or British Virgin Islands at Pleasurama.
Even Grabiner's cohort, one of UK's richest men, Philip Green of BHS was sheltering offshore in his yacht for much of last year and pursued by the Serious Fraud Squad and Parliament for the £300M BHS pensions.
The Rolls Royce corruption is settled in UK with a court payoff and management clearout but drags in Thailand.
All of which pale into insignificance with Sgt Wichian's broken body.
It looks like Red Bull have indeed given him wings.
And there surely with my politics role where I've called for greater coordination, is where Thailand and UK law enforcement should be active - with Europol and FBI - in pursuing arrest warrants.
Cases not just with gilded youth like Boss but the various drugs and gun runners and white collar criminals that can hide out in Pattaya or Pimlico, and as with the Costa del Crime in Spain and UK criminals, can so tarnish a region.
Will Thailand's legal system take another four years of delays from Boss before justice is heard?