Interpol issues ‘red notice’ for Scottish teacher wanted for murder in Burma
Buildings in downtown Yangon. Binotti and Ferguson had been teaching in an international school in the city. Source: Joanne Lane
A SCOTTISH teacher suspected of killing his international school colleague in Burma last year is still at large and has been put on a “red notice” for a wanted person, Interpol says.
According to the BBC, 26-year-old Harris Binotti fled Burma in November following the murder of Gary Ferguson, an English teacher in Yangon.
The notice says Binotti faces murder charges and describes him as measuring about 1.68m (5ft 5in) tall and having brown hair and blue eyes.
While the notice is not an arrest warrant, it serves as an international alert for a person wanted by national jurisdictions for prosecution based on an arrest warrant or court decision, the BBC reported.
Binotti had reportedly taken a flight to Thailand a day prior to the discovery of Ferguson’s body in his flat.
The victim was found dead in the apartment, and was said to have been out drinking the night before with Binotti.
Ferguson, who has been working in Burma’s commercial capital for a year and who had a four-year-old son, was discovered with his body covered in black and blue bruises, with chest and head wounds.
The two teachers taught English at the Horizon International School in Yangon.
Ferguson’s brother, Martin, was quoted as saying the family was relieved the red notice for Binotti had finally been issued.
“After such a hard and long fight, I am in tears to announce Binotti has finally been put on the Interpol list of wanted persons,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“He can now be arrested internationally.”