THE HOUSE Committee for Police Affairs was today (Nov. 25) told by senior police officers that Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, who wanted in a hit-and-run incident that led to a policeman’s death in Bangkok on September 3, 2012, is believed to be hiding in Austria but budget problems prevent the sending of a police team overseas to track him down, Amarin TV said.
Mr. Sanya Nilsuphan,a Palang Parcharath Party MP and deputy head of this committee, was told by police representatives that they assume the suspect is in Austria with this not being confirmed because his visa had expired.
The committee proposed the introduction of more proactive measures in tracking down the suspect such as sending a police team overseas to search for him but was told that there was a budget problem in doing so.
Police added that they had sent letters to various countries to get the suspect’s address and received replies from many of them. Interpol had also issued a red notice on this case.
Sanya added that police expect to complete their investigation of 18 police officers accused of preventing the prosecution of the suspect and four others accused of changing the vehicle’s speed next month.
When asked whether police had questioned the suspect’s family about his whereabouts, they said they had not because the other family members were not involved in this case and would in any case protect him.
As there are still many issues surrounding this case which the police representatives did not clarify with MPs too raising questions about this case in Parliament, this committee will hold talks with the Anti-Corruption and Misconduct and the Law, Justice and Human Rights committees then invite police officers at the policy level to come and give an explanation.
Top: Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, left, and the Ferrari he was driving the morning of the hit-and-run incident. Photo: Naewna
Home Page: Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya. Photo: AFP published by BBC Thai language