Police continue hunt for German fugitive in Thailand

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BANGKOK, May 29 – Thai police are conducting a manhunt for the German fugitive in Australian robbery cases who fled Suvarnabhumi airport during a transit stop on May 16, according to the immigration police commander.

Pol Lt Gen Panu Kerdlarppol said the Immigration Department has alerted police nationwide, especially in the resort towns of Pattaya and Phuket to look for Carlo Konstantin Kohl, 25, a German convicted in several robbery cases in Australia who was on transit with his Australian guard en route to Frankfurt.

He said that Mr Kohl, who has never been to Thailand, should not have fled too far from the airport.

Another immigration police officer said a closed-circuit camera showed Kohl fleeing a day room at Suvarnabhumi and that the escapee left the airport premises at 03.52 am on May 17.

The German embassy in Bangkok said Mr Kohl had contacted the embassy to apply for a new passport but failed to show up. He also sent email to relatives in Germany.

Mr Kohl and his Australian guard arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport from Melbourne on May 15 to connect with a flight to Frankfurt at midnight. The flight was delayed to 6 am on May 16, reportedly related to bad weather.