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Extradition papers prepared for 'Boss' (Updated)

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After Interpol posted its red notice for Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, Thai authorities say they are ready to send an extradition request to any country able to arrest the Red Bull energy drink scion.

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Thursday morning update

Govt readies 'Boss' extradition papers

Thai authorities are ready to send an extradition request to any country able to arrest Red Bull energy drink scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, who faces charges over a hit and run incident in Bangkok five years ago that caused the death of a traffic police officer.

Amnat Chotchai, director-general of the Office of the Attorney-General's (OAG) International Affairs Department, said prosecutors were working with police and the Foreign Ministry to draw up the request in English.

Once Interpol informs Thai authorities of Mr Vorayuth's whereabouts, a written request will be ready to send to any country where he is apprehended within five days, Mr Amnat said.

He was speaking after Interpol released a list of wanted fugitives and issued a red notice for Mr Vorayuth on Monday that extends to over 100 countries.

According to Mr Amnat, two forms of the request are being prepared: One for
countries which have an extradition agreement with Thailand, and another for those that don't.

For countries in the second category, the extradition process will be conducted in compliance with the 2008 Extradition Act. The Foreign Ministry will also take into consideration the relationship between the two countries.

Both forms of the request must be signed off by the OAG.

Mr Amnat said that once arrested, the suspect would have the right to defend himself in a foreign court during his detention period prior to extradition. This could take about 30 days, he added.

"We are now handling the case in accordance with due legal process. We are ready to take swift action to have the suspect face prosecution here before the statute of limitations of the [one] outstanding criminal charge against him expires," Mr Amnat said.

"We must try to avoid raising public suspicion that rich people can escape legal action [in Thailand] because that would taint the judicial process and [scare off] investment," he said.

The suspect is widely known in Thailand and overseas, and a number of countries are keeping a watchful eye to help track him down, Mr Amnat claimed.

Tuesday's story

Interpol posts fugitive Red Bull scion 'wanted' notice

AP – Interpol has posted its red notice for Vorayuth Yoovidhya online publicly, informing the world the scion to the Red Bull energy drink fortune is wanted in Thailand for reckless driving causing the death of a policeman five years ago.

The international police network made the "red notice'' for Mr Vorayuth viewable to the public on Monday. Law enforcement officials have been able to access the listing since last month.

Interpol says a red notice is a request to police forces around the world "to locate and provisionally arrest an individual, pending extradition''.

Mr Vorayuth, better known by his nickname "Boss,'' is wanted for reckless driving causing death following a hit-and-run incident on Sukhumvit Road in September 2012. A motorcycle ridden by on-duty Thong Lor traffic policeman Pol Snr Sgt Maj Wichian Klanprasert was struck by Mr Vorayuth's Ferrari and he was killed.

This image made from the website of Interpol shows the "wanted" listing for Vorayuth Yoovidhya. (Interpol/AP photo)

Mr Vorayuth has avoided meeting prosecutors ever since, and his case has raised questions about authorities being lenient in cases involving wealthy suspects, and allegations of foot-dragging.

Mr 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.

The suspect originally faced three charges, but only one remains current, because he has avoided authorities for so long. A speeding count expired in 2013, and a hit-and-run charge expired early this month. The statute of limitations for the last charge, reckless driving causing death, runs out in 10 years.

In this April 5, 2017 file photo, Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya walks to get in a car as he leaves a house in London. (AP photo)

Mr Vorayuth's family owns about half of the Red Bull empire, which was co-founded by his grandfather.

For more than four years after the crash he lived a high-flying and even public life.

Relying in part on public social-media posts made by his family and friends, the Associated Press found out that Mr Vorayuth had attended Formula One races, snowboarded in Japan and cruised Venice, often flying in private Red Bull jets, and all the while failing to show up for court appearances.

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