Ferrari Hit-and-run Case: Thailand to Seek Arrest Warrant For Red Bull Heir Vorayuth Yoovidhaya
Thailand's attorney general said on Thursday it would seek the arrest of an heir to the Red Bull fortune after he failed to meet prosecutors over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a police officer five years ago.
Policemen examine a damaged Ferrari at the home of the late Redbull founder Chaleo Yoovidhaya in Bangkok. Chaleo's grandson, Vorayuth Yoovidhaya, has been accused of killing a policeman while driving the car. (Photo: Reuters)
Bangkok: Thailand's attorney general said on Thursday it would seek the arrest of an heir to the Red Bull fortune after he failed to meet prosecutors over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a police officer five years ago.
Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya missed prosecutor orders to report to court on Thursday, the eighth time he has missed a summons since legal proceedings against him began in 2016.
Vorayuth was charged with speeding, hit-and-run and reckless driving that caused the death of the policemen in 2012.
"He sent a letter requesting to move the appointment but he can't do this again," said Suthi Kittisuppaporn, director general of the attorney general's Department of Southern Bangkok Criminal Litigation.
"If we wait until the end of the business day and he doesn't show up we will consider this deliberate evasion," Somnuek Siangkong, spokesman for the office, told reporters.
"We will then ask police to seek an arrest warrant from the court."
Attempts by Reuters to reach a lawyer for Vorayuth went unanswered.
Chaleo, 88, was listed as the third richest person in Thailand at the time of his death in 2012, with an estimated net worth of US$5 billion, according to Forbes magazine.
His grandson, Vorayuth, who has spent much of the past five years abroad, including in London and Singapore, according to social media posts, has previously cited work commitments abroad as reasons for not showing up in court.
Reuters was unable to confirm Vorayuth's whereabouts. Some media reported he was in Britain.
He is accused of fleeing the scene, dragging the officer's body for several dozen meters with his car as he did so.
Vorayuth's speeding charge expired a year after the accident. The charge of hit-and-run carries a penalty of up to six months in jail and expires in September while the reckless driving charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years of jail and expires in 10 years, if left unchallenged.
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