Fugitive Red Bull heir Vorayuth left Thailand for Singapore on April 25, police say

The authorities sought an arrest warrant last week after Vorayuth failed to show up in court for the eighth time since legal proceedings against him started in 2016.
The authorities sought an arrest warrant last week after Vorayuth failed to show up in court for the eighth time since legal proceedings against him started in 2016.PHOTO: EPA

BANGKOK - Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, the fugitive heir to the Red Bull fortune who is being sought for the hearing of his hit-and-run case in 2012, left Thailand for Singapore three days before an arrest warrant was issued for him.

Vorayuth, 31, entered Thailand on April 23 and departed on April 25 for Singapore, the Nation cited immigration police as saying on Tuesday (May 2). It was not clear from where he had entered Thailand, although he was last seen in London prior to his April 27 indictment, which he failed to attend.

The Associated Press reported that his private jet was still in Singapore as of  Tuesday (May 2), citing airport authorities.

The heir to the energy drink empire has spent years evading hearings over charges linked to the death of a policeman, Mr Wichian Klinprasert, whom Vorayuth allegedly ran over in his Ferrari and killed in 2012 in Bangkok's wealthy Thong Lor neighbourhood.

An arrest warrant was issued for Vorayuth last Friday (April 28) after he failed to meet prosecutors for a decision on his indictment a day earlier. Thai police said on Monday (May 1) they were seeking Interpol's assistance to locate him.

 
 

Immigration police chief Natthorn Phrosunthorn said his office could check people travelling in and out of the country and if Vorayuth re-entered Thailand the system would alert them.

He explained that Vorayuth had left the country before the arrest warrant was issued.

He said Thong Lor police investigators did not ban him from travelling abroad as the case stemmed from recklessness rather than a serious case with criminal intent.

Therefore, he said, the Immigration Bureau was not authorised to stop him.

There is no extradition treaty between Singapore and Thailand.