Vorayuth extradition on hold for police documents, says source
By The Nation
Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya
Thonglor Police Station has not yet submitted documents to get Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya extradited to face charges related to a fatal hit-and-run accident in 2012, a high-level source at the National Police Office (NPO) revealed on Monday.
The source provided information in the face of growing criticism over the perceived delay in the extradition of Vorayuth.
Vorayuth, a grandson of Red Bull co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, is accused of running over and killing a police officer in Bangkok’s Thonglor five years ago.
Earlier this year, he slipped out of Thailand to evade prosecution.
“The Metropolitan Police Bureau … has not yet submitted documents related to the case to us,” the source said yesterday.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the senior police officer said the extradition process would start only after the English translation of the investigation report reached the hands of the NPO’s Foreign Affairs Division for review.
“If all documents are complete and fine, the extradition request will be forwarded to the national police chief to be endorsed. The case will then move forward,” he said.
Amnat Chotchai, a senior official at the Attorney General Office’s International Affairs Department, said earlier that he had urged the NPO to urgently submit documents for the extradition.
“We have made it clear since our last meeting that police must submit an extradition request. But to date, we have not yet got it,” he said.
Born to a billionaire family, Vorayuth is believed to hold passports of several countries.
A source said the NPO had already asked 190 other countries to help locate Vorayuth. However, no country has responded.
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