Fugi­tive ex-PM Yingluck in Dubai:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Thai­land’s junta leader on Thursday said fugi­tive ex-premier Yingluck Shi­nawa­tra is in Dubai, a day af­ter she was handed a fiveyear jail term in ab­sen­tia for neg­li­gence.

Prayut Chan-O-Cha’s first clear com­ments on Yingluck’s where­abouts came a month af­ter she ghosted out off Thai­land, duck­ing a court rul­ing over charges she failed to stop graft and losses in a costly rice sub­sidy pol­icy by her gov­ern­ment.

On Wed­nes­day Thai­land’s top court sen­tenced her in ab­sen­tia to five years’ jail, pulling the plug on her po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

She main­tained her in­no­cence through­out the case, which she said was a po­lit­i­cal fit-up sculpted by her fam­ily’s en­e­mies among the arch-roy­al­ist army and elite.

“I learned from the for­eign min­istry that now she is in Dubai,” said Prayut, who top­pled Yingluck’s gov­ern­ment from of­fice in a 2014 coup.

Once a fresh arrest war­rant is is­sued, Thai au­thor­i­ties may pro­ceed with ex­tra­di­tion ef­forts, he told re­porters.

Yingluck’s older brother Thaksin, also a for­mer premier, has a home in Dubai. (AFP)

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