Thailand’s attorney general ordered a new investigation Tuesday into the heir to the Red Bull billions accused of a fatal hit-and-run, following public outrage after his charges were dropped last month.
Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya was accused of killing a police officer in 2012 when he crashed his Ferrari in Bangkok’s most exclusive neighbourhood.
The case has dragged on for years, and Vorayuth – the grandson of Red Bull co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya and one of the heirs to the family fortune – fled the kingdom in 2017.
Last month, police and prosecutors said all charges against the 38-year-old had been dropped, including reckless driving causing death, citing new evidence.
The move spurred widespread anger amplified by trending hashtags on Twitter such as #BoycottRedBull, as his case was perceived as an example of the impunity apparently enjoyed by the kingdom’s powerful billionaire class.
It also led to a rare statement by eight members of the sprawling Yoovidhya clan – considered Thailand’s second-richest family according to Forbes – who broke ranks to decry it.
Under growing pressure, the attorney general’s office, police and the prime minister’s office have now each opened probes into why the charges were dropped.