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Charges against Red Bull heir dropped

Charges against Red Bull heir dropped

THAILAND: The heir to the Red Bull energy drink empire who was accused of a deadly hit-and-run road accident in 2012 has had criminal charges against him dropped, police confirmed today (July 23).

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By The Phuket News

Friday 24 July 2020, 10:00AM


Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, known as Boss, was arrested in September 2012 after a black Ferrari ran into a motorcycle on Sukhumvit Soi 47, Bangkok. The motorcycle’s rider, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, 48, of Thong Lor police station, was killed. Photo by Somchai Poomlard.

Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, known as Boss, was arrested in September 2012 after a black Ferrari ran into a motorcycle on Sukhumvit Soi 47, Bangkok. The motorcycle’s rider, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, 48, of Thong Lor police station, was killed. Photo by Somchai Poomlard.

Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, 35, had faced charges of speeding, hit-and-run and reckless driving causing death.

He was accused of crashing his black Ferrari into motorcycle policeman Sergeant Major Wichean Glanprasert on Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok on Sept 3, 2012. Forensic police concluded he was driving at 177 kilometres per hour.

Sergeant Major Wichean died as a result of the collision and Vorayuth immediately fled the scene.

An arrest warrant was finally issued for Vorayuth five years after the accident after he had missed eight legal summons.

However, it was confirmed today that Vorayuth received a letter informing him that Thailand’s attorney general had “decided to acquit Mr Vorayuth Yoovidhya on all charges”.

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The deputy head of Thonglor police station, Thanawut Sanguansuk, also confirmed today that the arrest warrant on Vorayuth has also been withdrawn.

Only last month, the National Anti-Corruption Commission found police guilty of mild dereliction of duty in their lenient handling of the case.

The commission found negligence on the part of Pol Lt Col Wiradol Thabthimdee, chief interrogator at Thong Lor police station, and held him accountable for mild malfeasance for the failure to seek a warrant for Vorayuth’s arrest.

The Red Bull energy drink empire was built by Vorayuth’s late grandfather Chaleo Yoovidhya who was listed as the third richest person in Thailand when he died in 2012 with an estimated US$5billion fortune to his name.

The megabrand is now headed by Chaleo’s son Chalerm Yoovidhya, who ranks second on Thailand’s rich list with net worth estimated at US$20 bn (about B617bn).

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LALALA | 25 July 2020 - 10:35:11

Would be interesting to know how much his family paid to get this case closed.

Rorri_2 | 25 July 2020 - 10:33:04

I'm simply trying to determine the boundaries... but they seem very vague.

Rorri_2 | 25 July 2020 - 10:31:49

"Editor, just how is this adding to comments.."@CaptJack69  Obviously you like to live in a banana republic. Same as many other serial whinger on here do. So actually it must feel good to live in a backward and dirty little country," it simply is directed to a commentor, without countering any comment, that comment simply provokes argument.. NOT debate.

DeKaaskopp | 25 July 2020 - 01:30:48

@Rolli2  Breaking the rules ? What rules did I break ?Attack ? What attack ? It was a simple observation .And Sir,I'm not interested in a useless debate with you.Simply keep living in a country you despise.

[Gents - no comments rules broken yet, but both of you are very close...  Please, keep it cordial -- Ed]

Kurt | 25 July 2020 - 00:24:30

It was first seen on Sky News, followed by many other international media about the 'Amnesty' of the criminal Red Bull Heir. General reaction worldwide: "Gosh, is Thaland now openly thick skinned very corrupt and not respect her own laws?' Class injustice first class. Well, this 'Heir' has the rest of his life always to look over his shoulder in Thailand. Some day 'cla...

Rorri_2 | 24 July 2020 - 18:10:58

"It’s Thai justice" my idea of justice, seems different to Thailands.. certainly in law, it makes no difference whether rich, or poor.. but here is a BIG difference in the application of the law/s. A great pity the media does NOT investigate the difference. But, then we all know why.

Rorri_2 | 24 July 2020 - 18:06:44

Dek, instead of "breaking" the rules, again,(editor has a lot to asnwer to) and attacking someone, why not counter his comment with somew of your wisdom... this would make sense, something sometimes lacking, by a few. Fact, in some ways, Thailand is backward, and dirty. I  am interested in a debate.. not any personal attack.

Kurt | 24 July 2020 - 15:30:40

Well the father of the boy is nr 2 richest man in Thailand.... This outcome is a blow in the face of all normal non  corrupt Thai, specially to all these honest and good willing Thai police Officers who serve in this 'system'. They are left in the 'cold'of non justice.

DeKaaskopp | 24 July 2020 - 14:36:12

@CaptJack69  Obviously you like to live in a banana republic. Same as many other serial whinger on here do. So actually it must feel good to live in a backward and dirty little country .  Lol

maverick | 24 July 2020 - 12:32:22

It’s Thai justice - not uncommon in other parts of Asia and Africa - families lose a breadwinner they would rather be paid off than watch this man rot in jail......he has to live with himself for ever - we should not judge other countries by our own standard we can always go home 

CaptainJack69 | 24 July 2020 - 11:54:57

Disgusting. Thailand, you should be utterly ashamed of yourself. This is why the international community continue to think of you as a backward and dirty little country. A corrupt banana republic that rigs elections, suppresses freedom of speech and lets its rich elite get away with murder. Because you do!

Rorri_2 | 24 July 2020 - 10:56:36

Surprise, surprise.... not.
Old lady gets years, in jail, for picking mushrooms... this scum gets away with murder... ah, Thailand, you are so predictable. Thais need to have their own "French" revolution, with the same outcome for those who said "let them eat cake."

 

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