Interpol releases fugitive energy drink heir’s ‘wanted’ listing

BANGKOK (AP) – 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 said 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.