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At the start of the new year, Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya will have 6 more years until he is free from being formerly charged over a hit and run case, involving the death of a police officer, that took place in 2012. The current statute of limitations for reckless driving causing death, one of the charges against Boss, that was reinstated in September, expires in 2027.

But hopes of such a charge sticking are currently low as such a charge was dropped by state prosecutors earlier this month, prompting even more public backlash against a system that seemingly lets some members of Thailand’s high society off the hook.

Boss postponed attending his court hearings when he was originally charged with speeding and failing to stop to help a crash victim. Then, he fled overseas on his family private jet, as prosecutors invoked local and international arrest warrants.

While overseas, however, all charges were dropped over the past 8 years, leaving him free from being extradited back to Thailand, and seemingly acquitted from the fatal accident he allegedly caused.

On July 24, a police panellooking into the case had no objection over the decision to drop the most recent and most serious charge of reckless driving causing death, in a move that was reported by CNN and Reuters first, and then picked up by local media outlets.

Public backlash over the attorney general office’s decision pressured Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to order a panel to probe the decision to drop the charge. But that probe only produced findings that indicated police submitted a flawed report of the original accident, which could not be used in court.

The deputy attorney-general, who signed off on the decision to drop the case against Boss, ended up resigning with the Public Prosecutor Commission deciding not to probe or question his move.

Then, in September of this year, citing new evidence, a prosecutor wanted to charge Boss again with reckless driving causing death plus cocaine consumption, but was shot down by public prosecutors who pointed towards police needing to find Boss, bring him back to Thailand and out him on trial.

The Red Bull family, the Yoovidyas, are worth billions of baht and are ranked among the 6 richest families in Asia. Boss has remained in international territory since he fled after the crash, with investigators recently claiming information about his whereabouts point to him residing in Dubai.

TCP Thailand (T.C. Pharmaceutical aka. T.C.Pharma), the company that owns Red Bull in Thailand, as well as other popular brands, released a statement in July this year in response to the announcement that Thailand’s Attorney General dropped charges against the 35 year old Red Bull heir.

The company took 3 days to respond to story of the dropping of charges after it became public on CNN.com. The family-owned business tried to distance themselves from the controversy.

“Boss” was accused of driving his black Ferrari when it slammed into the back of a patrol policeman’s motorcycle “at high speed” on September 3, 2012, dragging his body along Sukhumvit Road before speeding away. The dead policeman was Pol Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, 47 at the time and based at the Thong Lor police station.

The slogan for TCP Thailand is “Winning, Power, Momentum”. The entire board is made up of the Yoovidhya family. They own the brands Ready and Warrior energy drinks, Sponsor electrolyte beverages, Mansome drinks and sodas, Puriku tea, Hi Vitamin C drinks, and Sunsnack sunflower seeds.

Boss’ father, Chalerm Yoovidhya, also owns Siam Winery, which includes Spy Wine Cooler, Monsoon Valley, World of Wines distributor, and Moose Cider. The company came under pressure from social media when Thais called on people to boycott the Yoovidhya family and the products produced by their companies, including Red Bull.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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    Andy

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    He must have renewed his passport, so where was it issued?

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      Issan John

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      He could have a considerable number of passports and nationalities.

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      Rasputin

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 6:05 pm

      Genuine passports from cash strapped countries can be purchased if you have a fraction of the cash and influence this individual has.

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        Kevin Martyn

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 11:45 am

        Agree but the 6 years should be in prison after all he killed a police officer and left the scene of the murder (reason I say murder is he was high on cocaine) I find the entire circus sickening!

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      Mr cynic

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 7:48 pm

      Not sure about thais but many nationalities can renew passports by post and not set foot on their countries territory during the entire process.
      Given the huge resources this guy has available it would be very surprising if he does not legally have several other nationalities/passports in various names also.

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    Slugger

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Let it go Thailand. You have nothing to gain.

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      Toby Andrews

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      WRONG you will gain contempt and scorn for letting it go. And you will lose trust and respect.

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        Nipral

        Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 9:28 pm

        You mean the tiny bit of respect and trust Thailand still enjoys ?

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    The only chance this cheating liar killer is likely to even have charges against him is, if another political party gains power in Thailand.
    The present Prayut party have received a very large, political donation.
    All the officials involved in the case have been paid off.
    The investigation of the original investigation went nowhere, because, guess why?
    A new political party might press charges. Well they will if the Red Bull family do not send a bag of money to them in time.

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      B.T.

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      The most expensive DUI in mankind history.And bill still growing.The sad story is the funds going to corrupted officials and not to victim family.

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      preesy chepuce

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      Not even the richest of the rich are 100% invulnerable. They live in a world where trust is rare and paranoia is common, and where even the closest confidantes can have something to gain from their downfall. Having to rely on a completely foreign citizenship brings new vulnerabilities.

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    Alte Ledertasche

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    He should be a candidate for piloting the new Thai space ship.

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    Rasputin

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Seemingly lets some members of Thailand’s high society off the hook!
    There’s no SEEMINGLY about it, it’s a well observed fact of life in these parts IMO.

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    Ian

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 2:39 am

    Similar thing in UK American woman killed a young boy in her car she was from an army base here married to a soldier then fleas to America to avoid prosecution so bad what a piece of scum she is

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      Mr cynic

      Monday, December 28, 2020 at 4:16 am

      as are the us government and airforce for assisting her to evade justice to date.

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        Issan John

        Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:12 pm

        … as are the British authorities for first helping her on her way then crying about it.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:09 pm

      Agree in principle, but it’s not “similar” in any way.

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    J West

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    An unrepentant arrogant killer and all those who deny natural justice will spend many lifetimes in hell reliving the bad karma of his actions. There is no escaping Dharma. Good luck to any who try. The guilty will suffer throughout this life and the next.

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    Geoff

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Laws can be changed, but it’s pretty obvious that a lot of money has changed hands and is probably still being paid, so not likely to happen.
    Move on.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      a LOT of money.

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    Eddie lard

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Putting his nose up to the royal thai police like this is terrible and the fact that this rich entitled spoilt brat can even leave the country is beyond ! Shame on those who allowed this to happen the world is watching.

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