Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya is the heir to the Red Bull fortune.
He is now being sought for arrest by Thailand’s attorney general as of Thursday, after not meeting prosecutors regarding an incident that occurred five years ago.
Yoovidhya was responsible for a hit-and-run that ended the life of a police officers. he was supposed to meet with prosecutors and report to court on Thursday, but he did not show.
This is the eighth time he has failed to show up to a court summons since this case first opened in 2016. His reasoning for not showing is that his work is so intensive. Much of his time is spent in London and Singapore.
If he does not show up by the end of the business day, they are going to declare his actions as evasion.
Chaleo Yoovidhya is the creator of Red Bull and is considered the third richest man in Thailand. His grandson is Vorayuth, and he is in line to inherit it all.
“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.
The Office of the Attorney General said in a televised statement it would seek an arrest warrant for Vorayuth. “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. In 2012, Vorayuth allegedly crashed his Ferrari into a policeman on a motorcycle in Bangkok’s upscale Thonglor neighborhood.
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.