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Chief Prosecutor Who Dropped Charges in Red Bull Heir Case Resigns

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The prosecutor who dismissed the reckless driving causing death charge against Red Bull heir has tendered his resignation. Deputy Attorney-General Nate Nate Naksuk, defended his decision to drop the charge against Mr Vorayuth in his resignation letter. Saying his decision was above board.

With the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) coming under mounting pressure as a result of his decision, he thought it best to resign to protect the office.

The source said Mr Nate, 65, was due to retire on Sept 30 this year. However his term could have been extended by five more years if an OAG panel approved it. The attorney-general has not yet agreed to Mr Nate’s resignation, the Bangkok Post reported.

The deputy attorney-generals resignation letter comes after he was absent from a sub-panel meeting on Sunday. The panel was examining Mr Nate’s handling of the case.

The sub-panel, headed by Borwornsak Uwanno, former chairman of a constitution drafting body, is under an independent inquiry committee set up by the prime minister to look into the case.

Attorney-General probes prosecutors

The OAG also set up a panel to probe the prosecutor’s decision to drop the reckless driving charge against Mr Vorayuth. Former deputy attorney-general Somsak Bunthong is the panel’s chairman.

The panel ordered police investigators on Monday to find more evidence and interrogate more witnesses on the illicit substances allegedly found in Mr Vorayuth’s system and the speed he was travelling at when his car crashed into the rear of Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert’s motorcycle, killing him, on Sept 3, 2012.

Thong Lor police said it had assigned five inquiry officers to question more witnesses. Thailand Police have until Aug 20 to conclude these lines of inquiry.

Meanwhile, national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda on Tuesday met the independent inquiry committee headed by Vicha Mahakun looking into the dropping of charges against Mr Vorayuth.

The national police chief in Thailand was accompanied by his deputy, Pol Lt Gen Jaruwat Waisaya who is the deputy chairman of the police panel probing Red Bull heir, Mr Vorayuth’s case.

Source: Bangkok Post