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Prawit denies cops helped Yingluck flee

Prawit denies cops helped Yingluck flee

BANGKOK: No police officers helped former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra escape as has been claimed by the media, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon insisted yesterday (Sept 4).

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 5 September 2017, 08:35AM


Yingluck Shinawatra has fled the country and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon insisted yesterday (Sept 4) that no police officers helped the former prime minister. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Yingluck Shinawatra has fled the country and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon insisted yesterday (Sept 4) that no police officers helped the former prime minister. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Gen Prawit, also defence minister, said police officers were stationed in front of her house prior to Aug 25 while the Metropolitan Police Division 4 had reported to him that no officers helped Ms Yingluck flee.

Speaking about the vehicles believed to have been used in Yingluck’s flight from justice, Gen Prawit said a Volkswagen and a Mercedes-Benz were in Yingluck’s convoy.

Gen Prawit said authorities have not determined Yingluck’s whereabouts yet, adding the Foreign Ministry has already informed Thai embassies overseas of the issue.

Responding to a grilling by the media, Gen Prawit said he was sure the public had no doubts over the ex-premier’s disappearance as it was clear she had fled by herself.

Meanwhile, police have found clues involving the escape of Yingluck on Aug 23 both in Bangkok and other provinces, deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said.

Gen Srivara, who leads the search team to locate Yingluck, yesterday said that police are investigating a suspect car which is believed to have been used in Yingluck’s flight.

The team is attempting to bring her before the court, which issued a warrant for her arrest, to hear its ruling on Sept 27 after she failed to appear at the Supreme Court for the ruling in her rice-pledging trial on Aug 25.

He did not give details but said the car in question is not a black Toyota Fortuner, an image of which was captured on CCTV camera and released online.

Gen Prawit said the team has not updated him on any progress in the search, adding that he has ordered officials overseeing the issue to expedite efforts to locate Ms Yingluck.

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Gen Srivara added that officers were also waiting for results of DNA samples collected from a Lat Phrao police vehicle.

Earlier, Gen Srivara said police had reviewed security camera footage in Soi Yothinpattana 3 in Bung Kum district where Yingluck’s house is located taken on Aug 23-24 and found about 10 vehicles passing or entering and leaving Yingluck’s house.

Assistant police chief Wittaya Prayongpan yesterday said that the Royal Thai Police have sent a letter seeking help from authorities in 190 countries over Yingluck’s disappearance.

However, the agency has not received any responses yet.

If the agency received reliable information about the ex-premier’s whereabouts, it will inform the Foreign Ministry so it can revoke Yingluck’s passport, he said.

However, if Yingluck wanted to seek political asylum overseas, it depended on each country, he said.

Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva also urged the government to explain why it has not yet revoked Yingluck’s passport as it was not necessary to wait for a court ruling or confirmation that she was not in the country.

People whose passports have been revoked must have an arrest warrant issued for them or be banned from travelling out of the country by a court, Mr Abhisit said.

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Kurt | 05 September 2017 - 18:04:06

The defence minister denies, but at same time you read he doesn't know, has no clue.

Don't forget that the Shinawatra family has strong ties in the police force.
Ex prime minister Thaksin himself was a police colonel in his younger years.
He was stripped of his rank a few years ago.

Anyway, now they try to make the departure of Ms Yingluck the fault of a car.
What kind of car we m...

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