The case goes on and on with no end in sight, especially after the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs has been told it is investigating police officers allegedly attacking Red Bull scion Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya helped to acquit in the deadly hit-and-run case in 2012, to be concluded next month.
We have now learned from the Thai media that the public prosecutor had decided not to continue the charge for reckless driving after police data showed that Vorayuth drove his car at 76 kilometres per hour instead of 177 kilometres per hour.
The leader of the Palang Pracharat Party, Sanya Nilsuphan, is also a deputy. chairman of the House committee said police believe Vorayuth, the heir to one of Thailand’s wealthiest families, maybe hiding in Austria.
“But this cannot be verified because his visa for Austria expired a while ago and there is no data on the visa used to enter the country,” he said.
Interpol has reportedly issued a red search notice for Vorayuth’s arrest, and the Royal Thai Police has informed hu. Austrian colleagues sent one email to check whether he lives there.
Sanya also rejected suggestions that the committee might ask other members of the Yoovidhya family about Vorayuth’s whereabouts, as they were not directly involved in the case.
Meanwhile, Sanya said the investigation of 18 incumbent and retired police officers, launched by the police’s Interior Department, should be completed next month. Among the suspects is former police chief General Somyos Pumphanmuang.
Vorayuth postponed his court hearings more than five times and fled abroad.
While two charges against him — speeding and failing to help an accident victim — have expired, two are still active. The first was for narcotics after cocaine was found in his blood. This charge will expire on September 3, 2022. The second charge – reckless driving with a fatal outcome – will expire in 2027.
The Attorney General’s office had planned to drop the latest charges but decided to pursue them after a public outcry.
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