Yingluck barred from visiting Japan with her son

The Supreme Court has once again prohibited Yingluck Shinawatra, the former elected Prime Minister from the Pheu Thai Party, from travelling abroad.

According Voice TV, the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions has denied a request from Yingluck Shinawatra to travel Japan with Supasek Amornchat, her teenage son, between 15 and 25 December 2015 during his school break.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court prohibited Yingluck from traveling to Europe to share her views on Thai politics after she received an invitation from Elmar Brok and Werner Langen, Members of the European Parliament.

The court reasoned then that there is insufficient reason to allow her to travel overseas as the ex-PM is currently facing lawsuits on corruption allegations over the Rice Subsidy Program, a policy introduced by her party which guaranteed a fixed above-market price of rice for farmers.  

In February 2015, the Supreme Court, for similar reasons, denied Yingluck’s request to travel to Hong Kong for a reunion with her brother, Thaksin, a former controversial PM ousted out by the 2006 coup.


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