In­ter­pol is­sues ‘wanted’ poster for fugi­tive Red Bull heir

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

IN­TER­POL has re­leased a “wanted” list­ing for a Thai heir to the Red Bull en­ergy drink for­tune who is ac­cused in a car crash that killed a Bangkok po­lice of­fi­cer five years ago.

The in­ter­na­tional po­lice net­work made the “red no­tice” for Vo­rayuth Yoovid­hya view­able to the pub­lic on Mon­day. Law-en­force­ment of­fi­cials have been able to ac­cess the list­ing since last month.

In­ter­pol says a red no­tice is a re­quest to po­lice forces around the world “to lo­cate and pro­vi­sion­ally ar­rest an in­di­vid­ual, pend­ing ex­tra­di­tion.”

Vo­rayuth, bet­ter known by his nick­name “Boss,” is wanted in con­nec­tion with a hit-and-run in­ci­dent in Bangkok in Septem­ber 2012, in which a Thai po­lice­man on mo­tor­bike pa­trol was struck and killed by a driver in a Fer­rari.

He has avoided meet­ing pros­e­cu­tors ever since, and his case has raised al­le­ga­tions that Thai au­thor­i­ties are le­nient with wealthy sus­pects.

Vo­rayuth left Thai­land in April, days be­fore au­thor­i­ties fi­nally is­sued an ar­rest war­rant, and his Thai pass­ports were later re­voked. He went to Sin­ga­pore and then to Tai­wan, but his where­abouts since early May are un­known.

The sus­pect orig­i­nally faced three charges, but only one re­mains be­cause he has avoided au­thor­i­ties for so long. A speed­ing count ex­pired in 2013, and a hit-and-run charge ex­pired early this month. The statute of lim­i­ta­tions for the last charge, caus­ing death by reck­less driv­ing, runs out in 10 years.

Vo­rayuth’s fam­ily owns about half of the Red Bull em­pire, which was co-founded by his grand­fa­ther. For more than four years af­ter the crash, he lived a high-fly­ing and even pub­lic life. Re­ly­ing in part on pub­lic so­cial-me­dia posts from his fam­ily and friends, the AP found that Vo­rayuth had gone to For­mula One races, snow­boarded in Ja­pan and cruised Venice, of­ten fly­ing in pri­vate Red Bull jets, and all while fail­ing to show up for court dates.

Photo: AP

This im­age made from the web­site of In­ter­pol shows the “wanted” list­ing for the bil­lion­aire Thai heir to the Red Bull en­ergy drink for­tune, Vo­rayuth Yoovid­hya, on Mon­day.

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