German convict surrenders after Thai airport slip

AP News
Posted: May 30, 2013 8:31 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — A German man convicted on multiple offenses who escaped from his minders while transiting at a Bangkok airport has turned himself in after two weeks on the run.

Carlo Konstantin Kohl managed to elude two Australian security escorts and fled from Suvarnabhumi Airport after their flight to Germany was delayed on May 16. He was being extradited from Australia after having served a jail term.

Immigration police detective Col. Chartchai Eimsaeng said Kohl, 25, showed up at the German Embassy in Bangkok on Thursday.

Charchai said Kohl told police he ran out of money and wanted to go home.

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The escape has caused consternation in Thailand over airport security and in Australia over the handling of criminals.

Kohl was convicted of drug trafficking, jewelry theft and other charges in Australia.