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Where’s Yingluck? CNN report contradicts Thai PM

Tim Newton

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Thailand’s former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is in London and seeking political asylum in the United Kingdom, a source in her Pheu Thai Party told CNN on Thursday.
The Supreme Court convicted Yingluck on Wednesday of dereliction of duty over a controversial rice subsidy program and sentenced her to five years in prison. The scheme cost Thailand billions of dollars.
But, contradicting this current claim, on Thursday the Thai PM claimed he was advised that Yingluck was in Dubai, the residence of Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin, who fled Thailand in 2008 to escape justice and a rising pile of court cases being brought against him.
The UK’s foreign ministry is saying it doesn’t discuss individual cases of people seeking politic asylum.
So where’s Yingluck? For Thailand’s political commentators, Yingluck’s exit from local politics is probably a win-win for everyone – Yingluck’s living comfortably, somewhere, and a daily reminder of the Shinawatra shadow are no longer a problem for the ruling military-led Government in the Kingdom of Thailand.
You can read the full story from CNN’s Edition column HERE

 

 

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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