Charges have been dropped against Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhaya over the 2012 hit-and-run killing of a police officer.
Lt. Col. Thanawuth Sanguansuk from the Thong Lor police station confirmed that all charges against Vorayuth Yoovidhya had been dropped.
He was charged with hit-and-run, causing death by reckless driving and speeding.
The case attracted widespread attention because of perceptions that it showed the rich and well-connected have impunity in Thailand's judicial system, which in recent years has also been criticized for alleged political bias, as have other state institutions.
Thai Police say these charges have now been dropped, but it is unclear why.
"Yes, they had informed us of their opinion to drop all charges. They are citing the fact the family members are compensated already", said Thanawuth.
Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, whose grandfather co-founded energy drink company Red Bull, walks to get in a auto as he leaves a house in London, in April 2017. Forbes magazine's list of the richest families in Thailand places them second, with an estimated wealth of $20.2 billion.Читайте также: Airbus offers 'final' concession in jet subsidy dispute
Vorayuth was accused of crashing his black Ferrari into a policeman on a motorcycle in Bangkok and fleeing the scene, dragging the officer's body for several dozen metres. Police followed a trail of brake fluid to the Yoovidhya family's nearby property.
When they subsequently discovered the auto had actually been driven by Mr Vorayuth, then 27, he was tested and found to have excessive alcohol in his blood - but, he said, this was from drinking at home after the accident. He initially claimed that his chauffeur was the driver, but later admitted to driving the vehicle himself. He turned himself in and was released on the equivalent of about $16,000 bail the same day.
Thai authorities finally issued an arrest warrant for Vorayuth five years after the accident, after he missed eight legal summons.
Porn-anant Klunprasert, brother of the dead police officer, acknowledged in a phone call with The Associated Press that he had signed a contract with the Yoovidhya family in 2012 in which the officer's survivors agreed not to file criminal and civil charges over the death in exchange for 3 million baht ($133,300) compensation.
"At this moment, we don't know where he (Boss) is", he said, without explaining why the case had been dropped.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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