Thai interim government may have helped her flee

Opponents of former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra say the military-led interim government may have helped her flee the country.

They called for a thorough investigation in a statement released on Saturday. They claim it would be impossible for Yingluck to leave the country without the involvement of authorities. Yingluck failed to appear in court on Friday to hear the ruling in her trial for negligence. She is accused of causing a massive loss to the government through a rice subsidy scheme. An arrest warrant has been issued for her.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said it was possible that Yingluck had fled abroad.Some local media cite Yingluck supporters who say that she has fled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The city is where Yingluck’s older brother Thaksin Shinawatra, who also served as prime minister, lives in self-imposed exile. He was charged with corruption by the military government in power at that time and fled abroad before hearing his ruling nine years ago.

Some analysts had said that Yingluck fleeing the country would be the best scenario for the government to prevent the ruling from triggering violence by her supporters.NHK

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