Police still can't find Red Bull scion
The extradition of Red Bull scion Vorayuth Yoovidhya over the hit-and-run case that killed a policeman five years ago faces further delays as police investigators have failed to pinpoint his whereabouts in their extradition request.
Police have already sent a 34-page translated extradition request to the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG), but the latest snag in the long-running saga is police still do not know the whereabouts of the suspect, Amnat Chotchai, chief of the OAG's International Affairs Department said yesterday.
The department has urged police to step up their efforts to find him, he said.
It is a race against time to locate Mr Vorayuth because the five-year statute of limitations on the charge of failing to stop his vehicle to help his victim after the car crash expires on Sept 3, Mr Amnat said.
Another charge of careless driving causing death has a longer statute of limitations of 15 years.
Previous delays, mainly caused by Mr Vorayuth claiming illness in order to postpone meeting prosecutors, already saw the one-year statute of limitations on two other charges expire in September, 2013.
They were speeding and reckless driving and causing damage to property.
Once prosecutors are informed of where Mr Vorayuth is, they will start the process to bring him back, the senior prosecutor said.
"We still have other ways to get him if there is no extradition agreement with a certain country," Mr Amnat said.
Mr Vorayuth was earlier reported by the Associated Press as living a life of luxury in various places around the world, including watching Formula One races from Red Bull's VIP seats, driving a black Porsche Carrera in London, and enjoying a $US1,000 (33,000 baht) a night resort in the sacred city of Luang Prabang, Laos.
Interpol's office in Singapore informed the Royal Thai Police in May that Mr Vorayuth arrived there in a private jet before travelling to an unspecified destination.
Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathaworn, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, earlier denied police were trying to delay the process of bringing Mr Vorayuth, 31, back to face trial.
The government recently told police to get a move on in finding him.