Yingluck’s four Thai pass­ports re­voked by govt

IN­TER­POL QUIET ON RE­QUEST FOR BLUE NO­TICE AS DEAD­LINE FOR AP­PEAL PASSES

The Nation - - THAILAND -

THE HUNT for for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Yingluck Shi­nawa­tra has hit a snag as In­ter­pol has not yet re­sponded to a Thai po­lice re­quest re­gard­ing her where­abouts.

Mean­while, the For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry has re­voked her pass­ports.

The min­istry con­firmed yes­ter­day that Yingluck only pos­sessed four Thai pass­ports.

The min­istry has also ad­vised its em­bassies across the world that Yingluck’s pass­ports have been re­voked.

Deputy Na­tional Po­lice Chief Pol- Gen­eral Sri­vara Ran­si­brah­manakul said po­lice were pur­su­ing Yingluck, who was sen­tenced to five years in prison in con­nec­tion with her gov­ern­ment’s rice-pledg­ing scheme, but they had not yet re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion from In­ter­pol af­ter seek­ing its co­op­er­a­tion.

Thai po­lice early this month re­quested that In­ter­pol is­sue a blue no­tice for Yingluck in or­der to lo­cate her, be­fore ap­ply­ing for a red no­tice, which would re­quire po­lice in other coun­tries to ar­rest her.

An In­ter­pol blue no­tice is a re­quest for help to col­lect in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing a sus­pect’s where­abouts or re­lated crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, while a red no­tice func­tions as an in­ter­na­tional ar­rest war­rant.

In­ter­pol then con­tacted Thai po­lice ask­ing for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion in re­gard to the blue no­tice re­quest, but no fur­ther com­mu­ni­ca­tion has oc­curred since.

Sri­vara added that po­lice did not have any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing Yingluck’s re­ported at­tempt to seek po­lit­i­cal asy­lum in the United King­dom.

How­ever, the deputy po­lice chief said the For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry had re­voked four of the for­mer prime min­is­ter’s pass­ports. Two were or­di­nary pass­ports, and the others were diplo­matic.

TheNa­tion con­tacted Pol Ma­jGen­eral Udon Yom­charoen, who over­sees po­lice for­eign af­fairs, to ask whether Thai po­lice could con­tinue pur­su­ing her if she were granted po­lit­i­cal asy­lum, but Udon de­clined to com­ment.

Yingluck’s dead­line for an ap­peal passed on Fri­day with­out any ac­tion by her. The pros­e­cu­tor also re­frained from fil­ing an ap­peal, mean­ing the case against her is tech­ni­cally fin­ished with her fugi­tive sta­tus ap­par­ently per­ma­nent.

Yingluck, who is re­port­edly in the United King­dom, was sen­tenced for neg­li­gence in pre­vent­ing cor­rup­tion and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in her gov­ern­ment’s rice- pledg­ing scheme be­fore be­ing top­pled by the 2014 coup.

The Supreme Court’s Crim­i­nal Di­vi­sion for Po­lit­i­cal Of­fice Hold­ers con­victed her in ab­sen­tia and an­nounced her prison sen­tence on Septem­ber 27.

The law al­lowed her to ap­peal within 30 days of the ver­dict, but she would have had to file the ap­peal in per­son from in­side Thai­land.

“We have not yet re­ceived a mes­sage from her, there­fore we did not make any re­quest to the court to ex­tend the pe­riod of ap­peal,” her lawyer No­rawit Lalang said on Sun­day.

“As we did not make an ap­peal, the case is tech­ni­cally fi­nalised.”

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