The Office of the Attorney-General says it will make an announcement on whether to pursue criminal charges against Red Bull heir Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, 31, after a fatal hit-and-run accident that killed a police officer four years ago.
The fatal accident happened on 3 September 2012 when Boss, then 27 years old, drove his Ferrari sports car, hit and dragged a police officer along the road, and sped into his mansion near the scene.
But since then, there was no progress on the legal pursuit until this week that The Associated Press ran investigation report of the fatal incident revealing that the Red Bull heir still enjoys jet-set life 4 years later the hit-and-run.
The story was also followed by several foreign media including CNBC channel, triggering public outcry over the handling of the case.
The Royal Thai Police came out yesterday to report charges that it has brought against the Red Bull heir, after the Attorney-General scheduled a press conference to announce its decision on the case.
Deputy spokesman of the Office of the Attorney-General Prayut Phetkun said the office will announce progress in pursuing criminal charges against Vorayuth at a press conference at 10.00am today at the head office of the Attorney-General on Chaengwattana road.
Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn said yesterday that the police have already completed the investigation report and have forwarded it to the attorney-general to pursue the case in the court.
He said the fatal case happened before he assumed the position of the commissioner.
He said police investigator in the case was not necessary to report all cases to him, adding that the case was handled by Thonglor police.
Royal Thai Police deputy spokesman Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said the Red Bull heir was guilty of five charges, reckless driving that resulted in death of other, refusing to stop the car and offering help to the injured, drunk driving, speeding, and reckess driving that resulted in damages to property of others.
He said as the suspect had committed five offences, with the most serious being reckless driving that caused death to other, maximum penalty is 10 years in prison, and statute of limitations is 15 years.
The expiry of the statute of limitations on speeding charge will not affect that serious key charge, as the wrongdoer will be punished under the serious charge he is convicted.
Earlier The Associated Press said the prosecution of Red Bull heir has been delayed for close to five years. The times when Vorayuth has been called in on charges, he hasn't shown up, claiming through his attorney that he was sick or out of the country on business.
And while statutes of limitations run out on key charges this year, it's been widely assumed that he's hiding, possibly abroad, or living a quiet local life, only going out in disguise.
Within weeks of the accident, The Associated Press has found, Vorayuth, then 27, was back to enjoying his family's jet-set life, largely associated with the Red Bull brand, an energy drink company co-founded by his grandfather. He flies around the world on private Red Bull jets, cheers their Formula One racing team from Red Bull's VIP seats and keeps a black Porsche Carrera in London with custom license plates: B055 RBR. Boss Red Bull Racing.
Nor is he all that hard to find. Just last month, social media clues led AP reporters to Vorayuth and his family vacationing in the ancient, sacred city of Luang Prabang, Laos. The group stayed at a $1,000-a-night resort, dined in the finest restaurant, visited temples and lounged by the pool before flying home to Bangkok.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)