Thai­land seeks In­ter­pol’s help to find for­mer PM

The Hitavada - - 2ND FRONTPAGE -

THE po­lice in Thai­land said on Thurs­day In­ter­pol has been asked to help lo­cate and ar­rest fugi­tive for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Yingluck Shi­nawa­tra who was sen­tenced in ab­sen­tia to five years of im­pris­on­ment for her role in a rice sub­sidy scam.

Po­lice deputy spokesper­son Krisana Pat­tanacharoen told Efe news that In­ter­pol has asked for more in­for­ma­tion on the case be­fore is­su­ing a blue no­tice.

A blue no­tice is is­sued to col­lect ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about a per­son’s iden­tity, lo­ca­tion or ac­tiv­i­ties in re­la­tion to a crime.

Yingluck had fled Thai­land a few days be­fore Au­gust 23, when the Supreme Court was due to rule on the case against her for dere­lic­tion of duty in a rice sub­sidy pro­gram, ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in which led to mil­lion-dol­lar losses to the state dur­ing her term in of­fice (2001-2014). The court had fi­nally de­liv­ered the con­vic­tion on Septem­ber 27 and is­sued an ar­rest war­rant against Yingluck, whose 30-mil­lion baht ($905,000) bail was con­fis­cated by the court af­ter she fled. Ac­cord­ing to mem­bers of her party and fam­ily, the for­mer pre­mer es­caped to Cam­bo­dia and later trav­elled to Dubai and then a few weeks later to Lon­don, where she has al­legedly asked for po­lit­i­cal asy­lum.

Yingluck was re­moved from power by the na­tion’s Con­sti­tu­tional Court, which found her guilty of abuse of power over the trans­fer of a se­nior civil ser­vant to an­other po­si­tion, just days be­fore the armed forces staged a coup on May 22, 2014.

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