PM orders Thai police to collaborate with Interpol to bring the Red Bull runaway back to Thailand.
Time is running out for the Red Bull fugitive after the Thai PM ordered police to find Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya and bring him back to Thailand for prosecution.
The Red Bull heir has been on the run since 2017 and faces charges reckless driving causing death and using cocaine, charges which date back to the incident in 2012 in Bangkok.
In 2012, Boss allegedly sped his Ferrari down Sukhumvit Road in Thong Lor, running over and dragging a 47 year old police officer 100 metres down the road, killing him.
Prosecutors have now officially indicted Boss on the reckless driving causing death and drugs charges, the Office of the Attorney General announced last Friday.
The recent indictment, more than 8 years after the fatal crash, follows public backlash after Boss’s cases were dropped altogether in July by the deputy attorney general.
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha made a post on his Facebook page saying he ordered police to work with international authorities to find Boss and bring him back to Thailand for trial. He says a Red Notice has been issued and he expects an update by next week.
“I ask every officer to handle this matter correctly and effectively.”
Boss, the son of the co-owner of the Red Bull energy drink empire, fled the country in 2017. His hearings were delayed 7 times.
He reportedly packed up and fled to Singapore on his family’s private jet just 2 days before he was due to face charges.
Since then, Boss has been seen and photographed at his family home in London as well as at Red Bull events.
The story has caused ongoing rage in Thai social media with people using the cases as proof Thailand’s warped justice system where wealth and power can help you bypass official investigations.
There has been no comment from the Yoovidhya family, Boss or his legal representation since last week’s official prosecution.