Interpol issues notice for arrest of Red Bull heir accused in Thai cop’s death

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Interpol has issued an urgent “red notice” for the arrest of the jet-setting heir of the Red Bull fortune — eight years after he was accused of killing a cop with his Ferrari in a coke-fueled crash, Thai police said Monday.

The highest-level alert is a request to police around the world “to locate and provisionally arrest” Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the 38-year-old grandson of the energy drink’s co-founder, Chaleo Yoovidhya, officials said.

“We have to do whatever it takes to … ultimately bring him back to the country because it is a serious crime,” National Police deputy spokesman Colonel Kissana Phathanacharoen told Agence France-Presse.

The notice, issued last Wednesday, marks a fresh push in a case that sparked calls for a Red Bull boycott amid accusations that Thailand’s second-richest family used its $20.2 billion fortune to get immunity from justice.

Yoovidhya — widely known as “Boss” — is accused of killing the motorbike officer in an early hours’ crash in Bangkok in September 2012.

He had dragged the officer’s body at a high speed before fleeing the scene in his Ferrari, and tests later showed cocaine in his system, according to officials.

The jet-setting scion missed eight court summonses — then fled the Asian nation on a private jet when an arrest summons was issued in 2017.

Jaruwat Vaisaya, Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police

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Police inspect the Ferrari car belonging to Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya in Bangkok, after a hit-and-run case which resulted in the death of a police officer

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Police inspect the Ferrari car belonging to Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya in Bangkok, after a hit-and-run case which resulted in the death of a police officer

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