Most poll respondents believe Premchai will escape unpunished

Most respondents to an opinion poll believe that Italian-Thai Development Plc boss Premchai Karnasuta will escape punishment.

Bangkok Poll gauged the opinions of 1,202 people from different walks of life about what they think of the justice system toward the offenders and 62.4 percent of them said they believe Premchai would finally not be punished for illegal hunting in Thung Yai Naresuan world heritage site early February.

The poll result shows that 53.3 percent of the respondents believe the Red Bull heir Vorayudh Yoovidhya who is now overseas would never be penalized for his reckless driving, causing the death of a traffic police officer in Bangkok’s Thonglor area several years ago.

Also, 50.4 percent of the respondents doubt that the former abbot of Wat Dhammakaya, Phra Dhammachayo, would ever be caught, tried and punished.

Regarding which groups of people who are likely to be untouched by the law, 69.2 percent of the respondents identified influential figures; followed by politicians, 63.6 percent; rich people or social elites, 61.5 percent; civil servants, police and military personnel, 45.2 percent; and monks, 21.1 percent.

Asked what the respondents think about the justice system, the poll result shows 37.6 percent believe there are legal loopholes allowing the offenders to escape punishment; 28.6 percent believe double standard in justice system and 23.6 percent believe punishment against the offenders are too lenient which make them unrepentant and not afraid of the law.

71.7 percent say they have little trust in the justice system compared to 28.3 percent who say they have faith in the system. 61.3 percent believe that social and mainstream media are helpful in examining cases which are not justly treated while 57.4 percent believe cases will be speeded up with the help of the media and 54.8 percent believe the media will force the police to work harder to solve the cases.