Interpol issues ‘red notice’ for Red Bull heir for hit and run

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BANGKOK, THAILAND – Interpol has issued a “red notice” to arrest billion-dollar fugitive Thai heir Red Bull for his role in a fatal hit-and-run, police said on Sunday. The move by the international police organization is the latest in a multi-year saga surrounding Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, who crashed his Ferrari in 2012, killing a policeman.

Charges against Vorayuth, who is the grandson of the co-founder of Red Bull, were dropped in July – sparking public outrage among Thais who saw it as an example of the impunity enjoyed by the kingdom’s elite.

This prompted various government agencies, including the attorney general’s office, which last month announced new charges against Vorayuth of reckless driving causing death and cocaine use.

National Police spokesman Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen confirmed on Sunday that a red notice – Interpol’s most urgent alert – had been issued earlier this week.

“After receiving the confirmation, we then forwarded our request to 194 member countries to ask them for help,” he told AFP.

“We have to do whatever it takes to… finally bring him home because it’s a serious crime. ”

A red notice for Vorayuth was not posted on the Interpol website by Sunday afternoon.

The fugitive heir fled the country in 2017 aboard a private jet.

After the charges against him were dropped in July, an investigation by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha’s office concluded that the entire investigation had been “compromised”.

The public outcry over Vorayuth came at a particularly tense time for the government, coinciding with near-daily protests across Thailand led by pro-democracy student leaders calling for Prayut’s resignation.

Protesters wore cardboard cutouts of the Red Bull logo to symbolize their anger at the military-aligned government, which maintains close alliances with the kingdom’s billionaire families.

The clan of Red Bull co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya is the second richest in Thailand, with an estimated fortune of $ 20.2 billion according to Forbes.

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