Thai Cop’s Death Charges dropped against Red Bull heir

25 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

BANGKOK: Charges against the heir to the Red Bull billions, accused of killing a Thai police officer when he crashed his Ferrari in a 2012 hit-and-run, have been dropped, officials said Friday, without explanation, reports AFP.

Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya fled to Singapore on his private jet in 2017, days before an arrest warrant was issued over the incident, stirring outrage among the Thai public over the culture of impunity enjoyed by the kingdom’s rich.

The warrant came five years after he allegedly knocked over and killed the policeman near his compound in Bangkok’s most exclusive neighbourhood.

Several charges against “Boss” expired during the time between the incident and his arrest warrant being issued, a period that saw the heir continue to lead a lavish, jet-setting lifestyle with frequent stops in the kingdom.

On Friday, Thai police said the remaining charges — including one for reckless driving, which can carry up to a decade in jail — had been dropped, several years before the statute of limitations were set to expire. “In June this year we received a letter from the attorney-general’s office saying it had decided to drop charges of reckless driving causing death,” Krissana Pattanacharoen, police spokesman told reporters.