Clipping the fugitive Red Bull heir’s wings: Thai prosecutors keen to bring ‘Boss’ back to face hit-and-run charges

Vorayuth ‘Boss’ Yoovidhya is wanted for the death of a police Sargent

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 June, 2017, 11:13pm
UPDATED : Friday, 09 June, 2017, 11:14pm

Thai law enforcement officials don’t know where the son of one of the country’s wealthiest families has escaped, but they are confident they’ll catch Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya before the statute of limitations runs out in a deadly hit-and-run case.

Prosecutors held a news conference yesterday to assure the public they’re going after the high profile fugitive whose grandfather co-founded the Red Bull energy drink brand. The case has prompted public fury over the ­appearance of corruption and impunity.

The attorney general’s spokesman, Prayuth Bejraguna, said the agency could not allow the case to have a negative impact on the country’s judiciary system.

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But Prayuth offered no spec­ifics about how they will go about finding Vorayuth. Amnat Chotchai, the head of the attorney general’s foreign division, said “while we do not know his whereabouts, there are documents that we could prepare in advance”. He was referring to papers filed by prosecutors in a criminal case.

Authorities delayed prosecuting Vorayuth after the 2012 hit-and-run that killed police Sargeant Major Wichean Glanprasert until earlier this year, when The Associated Press published an expose showing Yoovidhya had been enjoying his Bangkok-based family’s jet-setting life for years. He was seen to be flying around the world on private Red Bull jets, staying at US$1,000-a-night resorts and keeping a black Porsche Carrera at his family’s luxury vacation home in London.

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After the report, authorities issued an arrest warrant, revoked his passport and promised to ask Interpol to issue a “Blue Notice” advising officials in 190 countries that Vorayuth is wanted. Police have yet to submit the request.

The hit-and-run charges will expire in September.