24 September 2020, Thursday | 04:10pm

'Red Bull heir was driving under influence of drugs'


BANGKOK: After all charges were dropped, three activists claim that Red Bull heir Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya had illicit chemical substances, including cocaine, in his system at the time of a fatal hit-and-run incident.

According to the Bangkok Post, the trio are People's Network Against Corruption secretary-general Veera Somkwamkid, human rights activist and lawyer Anon Nampa, and Don't Drive Drunk Foundation secretary-general Taejing Siripanich.

They had posted on their Facebook that they had the evidence and that this was never included in the police investigations into the alleged hit-and-run incident on Sept 3, 2012.

They referred to what looked like copy of a letter by Vichan Peonim, head of the Forensic Pathology programme at Mahidol University's Faculty of Medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital, made to the head of the faculty's Department of Pathology.

The letter, dated Oct 1, 2012, was about the substance found in Vorayuth's body as requested by the Thong Lor police station.

The Post said the letter showed that Vorayuth's body contained alprazolam, benzoylecgonine, cocaethy­lene and caffeine.

Alprazolam, commonly sold under the brand name Xanax, is used to manage anxiety disorders.

According to the letter, the drug is classified as a Type-4 stimulant, and it is highly regulated in the kingdom.

Alprazolam residues can normally be detected in urine from one to five days after the drug is consumed, while benzoylecgonine is the main metabolite found in cocaine, which can be detected in the blood for as long as 28 hours after ingestion.

Cocaethylene is a substance formed when cocaine is mixed with alcohol, said the letter.






Source: New Straits Times                     https://bit.ly/3gbKcWZ

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