Prawit vows action against Yingluck helpers

PUBLISHED ON THU, SEP 7, 2017 3:00 AM

Prawit vows action against Yingluck helpers

By The Nation

 

8bb6bcce99f331d2bb73c2284b3b2563.jpeg

Yingluck Shinawatra

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan on Wednesday vowed to take legal action against anybody who helped fugitive ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra flee the country.

 

“When the time comes, everything will unfold. The person who took Yingluck from the country needs to take responsibility,” he said.

 

However, he said he neither knew Yingluck’s whereabouts nor who helped her escape.

 

Prasong Lertratanawisute, director of Isra News Agency, said that Yingluck’s ability to escape from the Kingdom a few days before the final verdict reflected a failing in Thailand’s process of justice.

 

“No matter what deal might or might not have been done to help her escape, the fact that Yingluck could flee from legal action means that the justice process is hindered by some circumstance, disabling it from dealing effectively with people involved in such controversial cases,” Prasong said.

 

Yingluck has not been seen since failing to appear at a verdict reading in the case related to her government’s rice-pledging scheme on August 25. The court has set a second date of September 27 to read the verdict, in which the ex-premier faces a possible 10-year jail term if convicted of criminal negligence related to the rice scheme.

 

Meanwhile, Deputy Government Spokesperson Lt General Werachon Sukondhapatipak said he did not know whether Yingluck’s name would be raised during Thursday’s joint cabinet meeting between Thailand and Cambodia, given that the neighbouring country is seen as her possible escape route.

 

“Senior officers should be the best to address this matter,” he said.

 

An initial report claimed that Yingluck fled Thailand to Cambodia before flying to Singapore and Dubai, where her brother Thaksin lives in self-exile has a home.

 

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Prawit are due to attend the meeting in Cambodia on Thursday. 

 

In a related development, junta spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree denied the military had received any information from police about Yingluck.

 

Deputy police chief Pol General Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul yesterday said police had sent investigation information to the military.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30325988

 
thenation_logo.jpg
-- © Copyright The Nation 2017-9-6
latest news from Thailand

Is Time Running Out for Thailand’s Elusive Election?Impatience is growing after multiple delays.By Erin Cook BANGKOK: -- Since seizing power in 2014, the Thai junta has dangled the prospect of democratic elections promising the country a chance to make a choice – eventually. After announcing...

READ MORE...

Monks accused of embezzling state funds meant for Dhamma schoolsBy THE NATION  PM’s Office minister refuses to address query whether accused should resign THREE MEMBERS of the Sangha Supreme Council (SSC) are facing allegations of having embezzled state funds meant for Dhamma schools.  They are...

READ MORE...

PACC not concerned about ministry probe into officials transferred over scamBy The Nation Two officials transferred out of the Khon Kaen Protection Centre for the Destitute in the wake of a corruption scandal, show up at their former workplace yesterday. THE OFFICE of Public Sector Anti-Corruption...

READ MORE...

Court acquits seven female activists in case over campaign against gold mining companyBy PRATCH RUJIVANAROM RACHANON CHAROONSAK THE NATION File photo LOEI PROVINCIAL Court has dismissed the case against seven female activists who are being sued for their campaign against a gold mine operator’s...

READ MORE...
sponsors