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Prawit: Officials ‘must capture Yingluck’

Prawit: Officials ‘must capture Yingluck’

BANGKOK: Officials risk facing malfeasance charges if they make no attempt to hunt down former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon says.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 13 January 2018, 08:50AM


The two photos on the right have confirmed that ex-premier and fugitive Yingluck Shinawatra is in London. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon is threatening officials to catch her or face prosecution themselves for dereliction of duty. Main photo: Twitter/@wassanananuam

The two photos on the right have confirmed that ex-premier and fugitive Yingluck Shinawatra is in London. Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon is threatening officials to catch her or face prosecution themselves for dereliction of duty. Main photo: Twitter/@wassanananuam

Gen Prawit’s warning came after the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) revealed on Tuesday (Jan 9) that the agency has not yet requested she be extradited due to a lack of information about her whereabouts.

Gen Prawit said Thursday (Jan 11) that prosecutors, police and the Foreign Ministry must work together to track down Yingluck or face prosecution under Section 157 of the Criminal Code.

The section concerns malfeasance or dereliction of duty committed by state officials.

Yingluck fled Thailand in late August to escape punishment for allowing corruption to occur under her watch in her government’s rice-pledging scheme, just as the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions was set to deliver a ruling in a criminal negligence trial. She was sentenced in absentia to five years behind bars.

Since then speculation has mounted she could be residing with her former premier brother Thaksin Shinawatra in Dubai or applying for asylum in the UK.

Two photos have recently surfaced showing Yingluck in London.

One of them was confirmed by Thai police as authentic. It shows the former premier with another Thai woman outside Harrods department store in London.

Asked if the pictures were released to shame Thai officials for their failed bids to capture the former premier, Gen Prawit said that is not the case, adding: “It remains unknown if Yingluck was using a passport issued by another country.” The Foreign Ministry has revoked Yingluk’s Thai passports.

Speculation is rife that Yingluck has applied for asylum in England.

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A report emerged in December claiming the UK has issued her a passport but Brian Davidson, the UK’s ambassador to Thailand, has declined to comment.

Former prime minister and Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said it is too early to conclude if Yingluck is seeking political asylum in the UK since she may be holding a passport of another country.

She may have requested to enter certain countries as a business investor, Mr Abhisit said.

“Seeking political asylum is an issue between Ms Yingluck and a respective country, which people cannot interfere with,” Mr Abhisit said.

Meanwhile, Tida Thavornseth, chief adviser to the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, said there is no chance that Yingluck would be sent back to Thailand.

“We cannot force them [other countries] to do that,” Ms Tida said.

She said she believed malfeasance charges would not be brought against officials who fail to bring Yingluck back since they had done their jobs.

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Kurt | 14 January 2018 - 18:55:28

Are the illegal opening hours of the Phuket night entertaining and bar industry, but allowed with harassment, not enough evidence?

Last thing local authorities want is 'real evidence', that is for them cursing in the church, something like walking with a wallet with holes. That is why 'Bangkok' comes sometimes, but they never come long enough.

And Police, yes, they are the au...

Jor12 | 13 January 2018 - 21:34:23

If what is witnessed as alleged, why doesn't the commentator do something about it? Writing about it on PN does nothing. Authorities need the evidence, not idle gossip.

malczx7r | 13 January 2018 - 15:39:54

The section concerns malfeasance or dereliction of duty committed by state officials
Does that include the police who i followed the other day on bikes as helmetless and ghost riders passed them or even those that "didn't know" about the strip bar in Patong and it took BKK police to go and raid it! 

Kurt | 13 January 2018 - 11:21:38

**** Madam Yingluck can go as she likes world wide with foreign passports. Visit or stay in countries with a visa. No need for Asylum.
No democratic government will corporate with a Junta that toppled a elected prime minister.
The Junta seems not to understand that at high foreign political levels is no willingness to 'help' the thai army.
Foreign countries anticipate already on relatio...

Kurt | 13 January 2018 - 11:00:25

The 'Bling and watch' General-minister full steam ahead!
Officials warned,..Get her or else...
What a transparent smoke curtain of him to try getting a bit out of publicity himself.

About Mrs Yingluck.
Her 3-4 thai passports have been revoked.
She obviously posses foreign passports and travels.

I not understand that asylum talk of thai officials.
Madam Yingluck can go as she lik...

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