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Vorayuth Yoovidhya, Thailand, sued the heir to the Red Bull Energy Drink fortune for his alleged role in the murder of a Wichien Klanprasert police officer in a case that raised issues of impunity for well-connected people.
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Vorayuth Yoovidhya (grandson of Red Bull creator charged in 2012 hit-and-run murder of a police officer –
the charges have been dropped without explanation. link – https://t.co/HaOFzyFDNo
– Graham Harvey (@singgooner) July 24, 2020
Vorayuth Yoovidhya accused of crashing his Ferrari into a policeman,
Vorayuth Yoovidhya has been accused of crashing his Ferrari into a policeman, Wichien Klanprasert, in 2012 and dragging his body dozens of meters before escaping.
Thailand drops charges against Red Bull heir for hit-and-run
Vorayuth Yoovidhya was charged with reckless driving and the death of a police officer in 2012. He was a fugitive for years.
He never had to face justice.https: //t.co/WcMQSEX2cH
– Mathias Peer (@mpeer) July 23, 2020
Authorities unexpectedly dropped the case in July, arousing public anger and launching a government review.
Prayut Phetkun, a spokesman for the deputy attorney general, said the indictment has been dropped on previous charges of reckless and fatal driving from Vorayuth and a new charge of cocaine use.
“There was evidence that Vorayuth was driving fast and using drugs before the incident,” Prayut told Reuters on Friday.
The attorney general’s office will ask police to prosecute Vorayuth for drug use by September 2022 and reckless driving by 2027, he said.
Vorayuth’s attorney, Samack Chouvaparnante
Vorayuth’s attorney, Samack Chouvaparnante, did not respond to phone calls for comment on Friday.
Samack previously said that his client denied all charges.
Vorayuth ignored eight subpoenas before authorities issued an arrest warrant five years after the incident. He later apparently disappeared abroad, according to posts on social media.
Last month, a Thai court issued a new arrest warrant.
Vorayuth, grandson of the late Chaleo Yoovidhya, creator of Krating Daeng, or Red Bull, energy drinks, was 27 years old at the time of the accident.
Death of Wichian Klanprasert
Wichian Klanprasert, a Thai police officer, was allegedly killed by Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the grandson of Red Bull billionaire co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, in a hit-and-run incident in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 3, 2012.
Vorayuth was charged with speeding, fleeing the scene of an accident and driving recklessly causing death, but has never been arrested. The statute of limitations on the speeding charge expired in September 2013, and the charge for fleeing the scene of an accident in September 2017.
The case is widely viewed as an example of how the wealthy in Thai society can escape the criminal justice system.
Despite assurances from then-Police Commissioner Comronwit Toopgrajank that the case would be taken seriously, in April 2017 Vorayuth had not yet been charged, as his lawyers had repeatedly postponed the summons of the Attorney General, alleging illness, business in alienation and unfair treatment, and the statute of limitations expired on various charges.
In April 2017, Vorayuth did not appear in court for the eighth time to answer the charges against him, citing work commitments .
On April 28, 2017, the criminal court approved an arrest warrant for Vorayuth, however, he had already fled to Singapore, where he abandoned his private jet. Interpol confirmed that Vorayuth left Singapore on April 27.  The Thai police requested that his Thai passport be canceled and this was done in early May 2017.    
On August 28, 2017, Interpol, at the request of the Thai police, issued a Red Notice for the arrest of Vorayuth  .
On July 24, 2020, the Thai police confirmed that all charges against Vorayuth had been dropped on the instructions of the Thai Attorney General, but indicated that the case could be reopened if new evidence was discovered.  The Attorney General did not elaborate or provide any explanation for the abandonment of the case.  The deputy police spokesperson, Kissana Phathanacharoen, denied that the wealth of the Yoovidhya family had influenced the decision to drop the charges.  News of this development sparked a huge public outcry and criticism from Thai academics, and a movement to boycott Red Bull products, including trending Twitter hashtags like #BossYoovidhya.  On July 27, 2020, the Thai police announced that Police General Jakthip Chaijinda had launched an internal investigation into the irregularities in this case.  Klunprasert’s surviving brother expressed his dismay at the result, indicating his frustration with the sense of impunity in Thailand’s criminal justice system for wealthy and well-connected Thais.