No report of Yingluck flight: Immigration Police

Thai Immigration Police deny all knowledge about the former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra fleeing abroad.

On 25 August 2017, Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoonthorn, Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, told the media that there has been no report that Yingluck has fled the country.

“[I] confirm that there has been no report that Yingluck travelled to Singapore or to neighbouring Cambodia,” BBC Thai quoted him as saying.

He added that it would be very difficult for the former PM, who recently turned fugitive after the Supreme Court issued a warrant for her arrest, to leave the country due to the immigration laws of other countries.

There are rumours that the former PM has fled to Singapore via Cambodia before continuing to Dubai where her fugitive brother Thaksin resides for most of the year.

Much to the surprise of thousands of supporters of former Prime Minister Yingluck, the Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant after she requested a postponement of the verdict hearing to 27 September 2017, citing health problems.

As her lawyer did not provide a medical certificate, the court ordered her arrest and confiscated 30 million baht of bail money.

Yingluck could face up to 10 years in prison for negligence related to the rice-pledging scheme that cost the country billions of dollars. However, she could appeal the ruling.

Since 2007, Prachatai English has been covering underreported issues in Thailand, especially about democratization and human rights, despite the risk and pressure from the law and the authorities. However, with only 2 full-time reporters and increasing annual operating costs, keeping our work going is a challenge. Your support will ensure we stay a professional media source and be able to expand our team to meet the challenges and deliver timely and in-depth reporting.

• Simple steps to support Prachatai English

1. Bank transfer to account “โครงการหนังสือพิมพ์อินเทอร์เน็ต ประชาไท” or “Prachatai Online Newspaper” 091-0-21689-4, Krungthai Bank

2. Or, Transfer money via Paypal, to e-mail address: [email protected], please leave a comment on the transaction as “For Prachatai English”