Worldwide

Former PM Yingluck 'has fled Thailand'

Former PM Yingluck 'has fled Thailand'”

Thailand's military ruler said authorities are searching for Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime minister whose government he ousted in a coup three years ago, after she failed to appear for a verdict Friday in a criminal case that could send her to prison for 10 years.

The Supreme Court postponed the reading of the verdict for the criminal case against Yingluck until September 27 after her lawyer said the former leader was suffering from Meniere's disease and feeling dizzy and thus was unable to attend. "The court does not believe that she is sick... and has chose to issue an arrest warrant", said the judge Cheep Chulamon before the press came in numbers to attend the verdict in the high-voltage to the supreme court.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said some government officials may have helped Yingluck if she made a decision to flee the country and have Friday's court verdict put off until late next month. She may be really ill.

"The Thai prime minister has done her best, she has sacrificed a lot", said Seksan Chalitaporn, 64. He said he was unaware whether she was still in the country.

"It is possible that she has fled already", Prawit told reporters as he left a meeting in Bangkok. However, her opposition will probably see this as a continuation of a tradition for the Shinawatra family to flee from prosecution at home, he added. She pleaded innocent and decried the charges as politically motivated.

The former businesswoman drew hordes of supporters whenever she toured her electoral heartlands, taking endless selfies and being showered with red roses.

As thousands of supporters gathered near the court in Laksi district, the judges rejected her explanation she had Meniere's disease and was suffering from vertigo, after her lawyer failed to present a medical certificate, reports The Bangkok Post.

Another woman has been shouting: "She will definitely come".

Throughout the past few months, Thailand's political temperature has been rising following the heated court case of Yingluck, who is accused of mismanaging Thailand's rice subsidy program.

Yingluck on Thursday had urged her supporters to avoid thronging the court complex in Bangkok, as Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha's military administration steps up security to avert unrest. It remains to be seen who will replace her as party leader, and what will happen when the military's ban on political activities is lifted ahead of a general election - which is not expected to be before the fourth quarter of 2018. But Yingluck and her aides have insisted she respects the justice system and would contest her charge to the end.

Yingluck is on trial over her administration's rice subsidy scheme which paid farmers almost twice the market rate for their crop.

Throughout her trial Yingluck defended the scheme, saying she acted in good faith to raise the incomes of the poorest and was the victim of "a subtle political game". He lives between London, Dubai, and Hong Kong, allegedly traveling with a Montenegrin passport.



Like this

Latest


25 August 2017
Trump risks backlash in farm belt states if NAFTA gets scrapped
Trump re-opened negotiations of the 1994 treaty out of concern USA economic interests were suffering. The main USA goals are the elimination of trade deficits and more manufacturing jobs.

25 August 2017
Walmart, Google team up on a collaborative shopping vision
Though not discussed in either company's blog post , the move is likely a response to Amazon voice shopping via Alexa devices. Google Express already offers products from a variety of stores, such as Target Corporation ( TGT - Free Report ).

23 August 2017
International Space Station photobombs solar eclipse
Millions of people across the country were looking up and taking in Monday's remarkable solar eclipse . If you see the eclipse , it means you're in the path of the moon's shadow as it crosses the planet.

23 August 2017
SC parents name newborn daughter in honor of total solar eclipse
She was due to give birth on September 3 but instead went into labour early and had her baby at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Parents Freedom and Paul Eubanks welcomed baby Eclipse to the world at 8:04 a.m.at Greenville Memorial Hospital in SC .

22 August 2017
Of Course Donald Trump Looked at the Eclipse Without Glasses
The one rule of Monday's total solar eclipse was not to look at it without special glasses. The solar eclipse was over from coast to coast in 90 minutes.

22 August 2017
KJ apologises to Indonesia for upside-down flag
They will also stop the circulation of the previously printed guidebook and will revise a new edition to be circulated in the near future.

22 August 2017
Total and Maersk agree £5.8bn deal
Total and its European peers can cover spending from cash flow at current prices, but a fresh slump could put dividends at risk. Total said it would make Denmark its new operating hub for Total's combined operations in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.

20 August 2017
Kissimmee police shooting: 1 officer dead, 1 in grave condition
It appears that there was only one shooter and there is no danger to the public, Kissimmee Police Chief Jeffrey O'Dell said. Details of the shooting incident were not immediately known, but community leaders began sending condolences over Twitter.

20 August 2017
Police presence expected at "Free Speech Rally" on Boston Common
Boston police estimated the size of the crowd participating in the march to the Common at about 15,000. They held signs with a variety of messages, from " Black Lives Matter " to "Respect Earth".

20 August 2017
Several People Stabbed in Finnish Turku, Knifeman Shot and Arrested
Officers arrested five people - four of whom were Moroccan - in a Turku apartment on Friday night as part of their investigation. Four other Moroccans have also been arrested, and BBC reported there is an worldwide search warrant out for a sixth suspect.



Recommended