Death of a policeman in Thailand: drop the charges against an heir of the Red Bull

Mort d’un policier en Thaïlande: abandon des charges contre un héritier Red Bull

Thai police on Friday announced the abandonment of the charges against Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, an heir of the mark Red Bull, which was knocked down fatally a police officer in Bangkok in 2012 before fleeing in his Ferrari.

The “Boss” had then left his country for Singapore in 2017 in a private jet, a few days before a warrant of arrest against him, which had caused the stir in the kingdom, where the richest are often suspected to benefit from a culture of impunity.

Continued for a number of reasons, including dangerous driving, punishable by 10 years in prison, the young billionaire had continued to live a jet-setter, travelling regularly in Thailand.

“The attorney general’s office decided to drop all charges against Vorayuth Yoovidhya … so this case is legally closed,” according to a policy document, dated June 18, 2020, signed by the lieutenant-general Thanawut Sanguansook, the deputy commander of the police in the upscale neighborhood of Thonglor.

The police officer confirmed on Friday that the veracity of the document, adding that “the arrest warrant has been revoked and this case is closed”, without giving further explanations.

Some of the charges had already been abandoned, but others still had a limitation period of several years.

The police has cancelled the red plug Interpol about the “Boss” and “the court will proceed with the revocation of his arrest warrant,” said to AFP a spokesman of the Court of justice of Bangkok.

The current residence of Vorayuth Yoovidhya is not known, but during the years that followed the accident, he was photographed attending fashionable events in London and elsewhere, and has been seen in nightclubs in Bangkok’s fashion.

The family of Vorayuth has inherited the fortune made by his grandfather Chaleo Yoovidhya, who co-founded the brand of energy drinks Red Bull with the Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz at the end of the 80’s.

Chaleo died in march 2012, leaving his family approximately $ 22 billion and control of more than 50% of the group, according to the agency Bloomberg.

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