Opinion: Two different justice systems for the rich and poor in Thailand

In Thailand, rich people go free, poor people go to jail. 

That is what the justice system in Thailand is telling its people with the news that all charges have been dropped against Vorayuth Yoovidhaya, the heir of the Red Bull Empire. 

Somehow, running a police officer down with your Ferrari while being drunk is acceptable for some police, prosecutors, and judges in this country.

The evidence is there, the witnesses are there, and he confessed; what else do you need?

To claim that he was sick while he was traveling outside of the country and refusing to meet with police to face the charges brought up against him are somehow enough to evade is insulting.

Where is the rule of law here?

The local police superintendent at Thong Lor district where the crime happened, Police Lieutenant Colonel Pannapon Nammuang, even tried to get another driver to confess that he was the one driving the car to cover up for Vorayuth. 

If Chakthip Chaijinda, the chief of police at that time, did not order more than 200 officers to his mansion, Vorayuth would not have turned himself in at all.

Outrageous is not even the word to describe this travesty. It is just appalling to see that this is the reality that we are forced to live in because of corrupt officials.

A country where a rich person, who is estimated to be from a family worth US$13 billion, can do anything he wants. 

That is what Thailand always was but it is more apparent now, thanks to Vorayuth and the broken system that failed to prosecute him. 

For the rest of the people, especially the majority of the population who are making barely $10 per day, they will have to remember not to break any rules. 

Only the rich and powerful can exploit the forests for-profit and kill any animal they want, even a black panther for fun.

There is no need to show all your assets when you are deputy prime minister because you can claim all your assets are borrowed from a friend.

Judges can build luxurious summer homes in a protected forest because the system is also in favor of them.   

But if you are poor and powerless, criticizing the government and expressing your political views are already enough to land you in a psychiatric hospital or jail.

It can get you abducted and even killed. 

This has to stop.

If society lets this go without any repercussion then the people in power and the corrupt officials will continue as if nothing has happened and go on happily with their wrongdoings. 

Someone is being paid to shut up and the question should now be raised to the police and the Office of the Attorney General on what they have been doing since the deadly crash in 2012? 

Why did Pol Col Samparn Luangsatchakul tell CNN about the development of the case instead of letting the Thai people know what is going on first?

For me, the reason was simple, he was ashamed.

Another person that should be ashamed is the deputy police spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen who came out on Friday to say that the police cannot pursue the case any longer because the Office of the Attorney General said so. 

He also said that this is not a case of a double standard, but if this is not it, then what is?

That was one of your men who died, sir. 

His name was Pol Sergeant Major Wichean Glanprasert who worked at Thong Lor police station.

Do you remember him?

My thoughts go to officer Wichean’s family, who I am sure was more than disheartened to learn that the killer is now free to go drinking and kill another police officer if he chooses to because he is rich.

That is the reality they have to live with now. It is the reality that most will have to live with if they are poor and powerless in this country.

This has to stop.


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