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Hit-and-run case a hot potato for Thai government

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A hit-and-run saga involving the scion of one of Thailand's richest families has turned into a political hot potato for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

At least three high-level committees have been formed to examine how all charges came to be dropped against Mr Vorayuth Yoovidhya, whose Ferrari slammed into a motorcycle in Bangkok in 2012 and killed a policeman, Mr Wichean Klunprasert. Although Mr Vorayuth faced three charges initially, the first two expired because he evaded the authorities and fled the kingdom in 2017.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 07, 2020, with the headline 'Hit-and-run case a hot potato for Thai government'. Print Edition | Subscribe