Interpol Issued ‘Red Notice’ to Arrest Thai Heir for Fatal Hit and Run

Oct 4, 2020 | NEWS, Thailand

by AFP

Red Bull heir Vorayuth Yoovidhya will be prosecuted for reckless driving over a fatal hit-and-run after crashing his Ferrari (pictured in 2012)

Interpol has issued a “red notice” to arrest the fugitive Thai heir to the Red Bull billions for his role in a fatal hit-and-run, police said Sunday.

The move by the international police organization is the latest in the years-long saga surrounding  who crashed his Ferrari in 2012, killing a police officer.

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

It spurred probes by various government agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office which last month announced fresh charges against Vorayuth of reckless driving causing death and cocaine use.

National Police spokesman Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen confirmed Sunday a red notice — Interpol’s most urgent alert — was issued earlier this week.

“After we received the confirmation, we then passed our request to 194 member countries asking for assistance from them,” he told AFP.

“We have to do whatever it takes to… ultimately bring him back to the country because it is a serious crime.”

A red notice for Vorayuth had not been published on the Interpol website as of Sunday afternoon.

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