Red Bull heir no show: Prosecutors want him arrested

Red Bull heir no show: Prosecutors want him arrested

Red Bull heir Vorayudh Yoovidhaya has found getting ill in Singapore has its advantages, particularly when you have a speeding charge pending against you in Thailand. Other, more serious charges remain in his hit-run case, however.

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Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, under police arrest shortly after the hit-and-run incident in September last year. SOMCHAI POOMLARD

Prosecutors seek warrant for Vorayudh


Vorayuth Yoovidhya in happier times. Bangkok Post file photo

Prosecutors are to seek a warrant for the arrest of Vorayudh Yoovidhaya, after the heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune failed to attend a meeting with prosecutors yesterday.

Mr Vorayudh was due to hear the prosecution’s decision on his hit-and-run case.

Mr Vorayudh’s lawyer Thanit Buakhiew, yesterday presented a doctor’s letter stating his client was not physically fit to report to prosecutors.

Mr Vorayudh came down with flu during a trip to Singapore and needed a couple of days to rest before he came back to Thailand, according to his lawyer.

He said his client has no intention of fleeing.

A senior prosecutor in charge of the case, Ruecha Krairiksh, said that Mr Vorayudh’s no show means the speeding charge against him will be dropped.

The statute of limitations on that charge expires today.

Mr Vorayuth's damaged Ferrari. KOSOL NAKACHOL

Mr Vorayudh faced three charges in connection with the hit-and-run case on Sept 3 last year when he crashed his Ferrari into the rear of a motorcycle ridden by Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert in the Sukhumvit area. The officer died at the scene. Mr Ruecha said the arrest warrant will be issued and sent to all immigration offices.
Mr Vorayudh will be arrested as soon as he arrives back in the country.

Nongnoot Saengpraphan mourns the death of her husband, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert, at That Thong temple. SOMCHAI POOMLARD

He said prosecutors will also ask the court to deny bail for the suspect who has repeatedly failed to report to them to hear indictments against him.

The two other charges of reckless driving causing death and failing to stop a vehicle to help a victim remain intact, Mr Ruecha said.

He said he will also ask the director-general of the Department of Southern Bangkok Criminal Litigation to decide when to summon Mr Vorayudh to hear the remaining charges which have a statute of limitations of 10 years.

This case is also being followed internationally. Here is a short Reuters story from this morning.

Red Bull heir Vorayudh Yoovidhaya was due in court in Bangkok accused of the hit-and-run killing of a policeman. He didnt' show up. The 28-year-old's lawyer says he's unwell. "Initially, he was scheduled to return on September 1st but Mr Vorayudh suddenly fell ill in Singapore, so he can't come to report himself to the prosecutor here officially today." Police said the family of the dead officer has been paid 97,000 dollars but case had caused widespread outrage. Some have questioned the apparent leniency of those with cash and connections. Prosecutors now say they'll issue a warrant for his arrest and oppose bail.

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  • apparent: seeming to be something although it may not be real - ดูเหมือนว่า, ตามที่เห็นภายนอก
  • arrest: (of the police) taking someone under control (usually taking them to a police station) because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม
  • cash: money - เงินสด
  • charge : an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • client: a customer or someone who receives services of a lawyer - ลูกความ
  • come down with (verb): to get an illness, usually that is not very serious - ติดเชื้อ
  • couple: two - สอง
  • deny bail: (of a court) to not to allow someone to go free on bail - ไม่ให้ประกันตัว
  • due to: scheduled to - มีกำหนด
  • expire: to come to an end or stop being in use - หมดอายุ
  • fit (adj.): healthy and strong, especially because you do regular physical exercise - ที่มีสุขภาพดี, แข็งแรง, ที่เตรียมพร้อม
  • flee: to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger - หนี อพยพ
  • flu: a very common infectious disease that lasts a short time and makes you feel hot or cold, weak, and tired - ไข้หวัดใหญ่
  • fortune: a large amount of money, goods, property, etc - ทรัพย์สมบัติมากมาย
  • heir: a person who will legally receive money, property or a title from another person, especially an older member of the same family, when that other person dies - ทายาท, ผู้สืบสกุล, ผู้รับมรดก
  • hit-and-run: (of a road accident) caused by a driver who does not stop to help - ที่ชนแล้วหนี
  • immigration: dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
  • in charge of: to be in a position of having control over somebody/something; having responsibility for somebody/something - ดูแล, รับผิดชอบ
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • indictment: an official statement accusing someone of a serious crime - การฟ้องร้อง, การดำเนินคดี
  • initially: at first - ในเบื้องต้น
  • intact: not harmed, damaged, or lacking any parts as a results of something that has happened - สมบูรณ์ ไม่บุบสลาย
  • intention: a plan in your mind to do something - ความตั้งใจ เจตนา แผนการ
  • issue: to officially give out - ออก
  • lawyer: an attorney - ทนาย
  • leniency (noun): a situation where someone is not as strict as expected when punishing somebody or when making sure that rules are obeyed - ความผ่อนผัน,ความกรุณาปรานี,ความโอนอ่อน
  • litigation: the use of the legal system to settle a disagreement - การฟ้องร้อง ดำเนินคดี
  • no show: a person who does not attend an event where they have been invited or are expected to attend -
  • oppose: to disagree with or not approve of a plan or policy - คัดค้าน
  • outrage: extreme anger - ความโกรธอย่างรุนแรง
  • physically: in a way that is connected with a person's body rather than their mind - ด้านร่างกาย, เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย
  • prosecutor: a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty - อัยการ
  • reckless: not thinking about the possible bad effects of your actions - สะเพร่า
  • repeatedly: happening, said or done many times - อย่างซ้ำๆ
  • scene: site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
  • senior: with a high rank or position - อาวุโส
  • statute of limitations: the legal limit on the period of time within which action can be taken on a crime or other legal question  - อายุความ
  • summon: to officially order someone to come to a place - เรียกตัว ออกหมายเรียก
  • suspect: a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย
  • victim: someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
  • warrant (noun): a legal document that is signed by a judge and gives the police authority to do something - หมาย

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