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Red Bull heir threatened with arrest after latest no-show

BANGKOK: Thai prosecutors today (Apr 27) vowed to seek the first arrest warrant for the heir to the Red Bull fortune after he dodged the latest summons to hear charges over a 2012 hit-and-run in his Ferrari that left a policeman dead.

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Thursday 27 April 2017, 05:20PM


More than four years on, Vorayuth Yoovidhaya has not appeared in court. Photo: AFP
More than four years on, Vorayuth Yoovidhaya has not appeared in court. Photo: AFP

The threat comes after years of public anger over the lack of progress in a case that critics say highlights the impunity enjoyed by Thailand’s wealthy and well-connected.

Worayuth Yoovidhya, whose nickname is “Boss”, was 27 when he allegedly smashed his Ferrari into a police officer in the early hours of the morning, dragging the body for several hundred metres before fleeing the scene of the crash.

The scion, whose father is Thailand’s fourth-richest billionaire, has never showed up for a formal indictment, allowing some of the charges against him to expire.

After Worayuth missed the latest summons today, prosecutors promised to request an arrest warrant, which has never been issued for the princeling.

“If the suspect doesn’t show up by 4pm today, tomorrow (Apr 28) we will send a letter to Thonglor Police Station to ask the court for an arrest warrant immediately,” Prayut Bejraguna, a spokesman for the the Attorney-General’s office, told reporters.

Prosecutors said they would also explore extraditing Worayuth, who has paraded his flashy lifestyle on social media over the years with frequent trips overseas.

His lawyer has previously said Worayuth was on business in the UK and unable to return to Bangkok.

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“If our (extradition) request fails we can ask UK police to renew the case while we support them with details,” said Amnat Chotchai, the head of the Attorney-General’s Foreign Division.

A trail of debris from the accident led police to the Bangkok mansion of Worayuth’s super-rich clan, who own half of the Red Bull energy drink empire.

Thonglor Police Station, which covers Bangkok’s most exclusive district, initially accepted the family’s claim that the housekeeper was driving the car.

But the story fell apart and Worayuth was eventually hit with a string of charges – including causing death by reckless driving, which carries a maximum 10 year jail term.

That charge will not expire until 2027.

Worayuth’s grandfather Chaleo Yoovidhya co-founded the Red Bull brand with Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz in the 1980s.

Chaleo died in March 2012 aged 89, leaving his eleven surviving relatives with a collective wealth of $22 billion, according to Bloomberg.

 

 

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Christy Sweet | 01 May 2017 - 08:17:30

If an arrest warrant is issued, Boss-boy can be extradited. Meanwhile why hasn't Red Bull beverage been boycotted out of existence? Perhaps  Formula One Racing can be persuaded it is not in their best interests to continue a relationship ? Does arranging a boycott in Thailand constitute defamation? There's basically the root of all problems Thai.

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Kurt | 29 April 2017 - 13:03:06

@ malczx7r.
This guy simply can not bearrested anymore.
To many brown envelopes 'passed' already.
If this red bull kid get arrested, many brown envelopes has to return to him.
But here is the 'problem', these brown envelopes are already empty, money spent.
The whole justice scene now is becoming a soap opera.

The same counts for that demoted monk. Thousands police/army/DSI 'searched' for that criminal monk. 
Not found, of course not.
Now already it became some time very quiet around this monk 'arrest'.
They not want to arrest him.

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Jor12 | 28 April 2017 - 21:24:14

Kurt...it's like I keep telling you, his lawyers are using the law to it's fullest capacity. Nothing wrong with that.  

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Kurt | 28 April 2017 - 16:25:19

That this wealthy criminal can do what he wants is not surprising.
He can do that because thai government justice system let him do what he wants.
Is there any Government justice department official able to explain to me why someone who killed almost 5 years ago a motorbike police officer on a highway can ignore/insult thai Courts by not showing up/reporting in?
Why the thai Government, until now, allow this person to travel in- and out Thailand as he wish for his self entertainment?
A Government who allows that is questionable. 
Such Government shows lack of justice, shows powerless or corruption. 
Take your pick.

Of course, this person will NEVER see a thai prison inside.
He falls in the category of rich thai for which thai laws can be extremely bend.

He NEVER will be arrested, only invited.
Category: Influential & Financial able to manipulate.
So far no thai justice official did dare to burn his hands on this rich good for nothing boy.
Confirmed: He still has his passport.

Quite a contrast with for example a boy of 18 years old, trapped with a few grams of drugs for own use, and go straight to prison for many years.

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malczx7r | 28 April 2017 - 12:39:03

"Been threatened with arrest" I bet he's really worried now! haha
Time to buy more brown envelopes.

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