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.
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