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Police told to obtain arrested warrant for Red Bull heir ‘Boss’

Apr 28. 2017
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By The Nation

Public prosecutors issued a letter on Friday instructing officers at Bangkok's Thong Lor police station to apply for an arrest warrant for Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, heir to the Red Bull fortune.

He is accused of running over and killing a police officer in 2012, but again failed to meet the prosecutors on Thursday.

Sutthi Kittisupaporn, chief of the Department of Southern Bangkok Criminal Litigation, said on Friday that his office had already asked Thong Lor police to locate and bring to the prosecutors the 31-year-old grandson of the late Red Bull co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya. 

If police couldn't locate him, the office instructed them to apply at the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court for an arrest warrant so he can face the prosecutors' indictment decision.

Vorayuth, who has repeatedly ignored previous summonses and is yet to be charged with a crime, was due to face his accusers on Thursday over the hit-and-run death of police Senior Sgt-Major Wichean Klinprasert on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road in September 2012. 

After Vorayuth’s lawyer again requested a postponement on the grounds that he was “preoccupied” overseas, prosecutors said he had obviously been stalling.

The statute of limitation has since expired for the charges of speeding and reckless driving causing property damage, but Vorayuth remains accused of reckless driving resulting in death, which has a 15-year statute of limitation, and refusing to stop to assist a victim, for which the statute ends in September. 

The first offence carries a maximum jail term of 10 years and the latter six months.

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