Police Scotland have said they have no authority to arrest Harris Binotti, the former Yangon teacher who is wanted in Myanmar for questioning over the death of fellow teacher Gary Ferguson.
A statement released by Police Scotland said: “The Myanmar authorities have the lead in the investigation into the death of Peter Gary Ferguson. Police Scotland has no authority to arrest anyone at this stage. Police Scotland will continually monitor any ongoing risk and take all appropriate measures.”
The Scotland native was recently spotted in Glasgow after Interpol issued a Red Notice about him. The Red Notice serves as an alert to police departments around the world that Binotti is wanted, but it is not an arrest warrant.
Binotti, 26, fled Myanmar hours before Ferguson’s body was discovered in his Yangon apartment last November. Ferguson was 47 years old and is survived by a wife and young son.
The Scottish Sun reported earlier this week that Binotti believes he is in the clear. According to an “insider” quoted by the paper, Binotti claims Ferguson attacked him, prompting Binotti to defend himself. The source also said Binotti believed Ferguson was alive when he went to sleep, after the fight.
The source also said Binotti doesn’t consider himself to be a fugitive and is in touch with the authorities.
Meanwhile, the victim’s brother Martin Ferguson continues to call for Binotti’s arrest, claiming Binotti is at risk of killing again.