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Contamination rules out confirmation of Yingluck’s DNA being found in Camry

Oct 09. 2017
File photo: Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra
File photo: Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra
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By The Nation

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Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s DNA cannot be confirmed as matching DNA traces found in the Toyota Camry that allegedly took her to Sa Kaew province during her flight from the country on August 23, Deputy National Police Chief Pol General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said on Monday.

He said the DNA traces found in the vehicle had been contaminated and could not be used to verify them against those collected from Yingluck’s personal belongings at her residence.

The police cannot therefore establish guilt against her driver, Pol Colonel Chairit Anurit of the Metropolitan Police, for malfeasance of duty under Article 157 of the Criminal Code, he added.

However, Chairit has already been charged with possessing fake licence plates found in the vehicle and is the subject of a disciplinary probe, Srivara said.

On August 23, Yingluck allegedly fled in the vehicle to Sa Kaeo province, where she then reportedly crossed the border.

She was subsequently found to have reached Dubai, from where she later travelled to the United Kingdom.

She failed to attend the scheduled August 25 reading of the Supreme Court verdict in the case against her relating to her government’s rice-pledging scheme.

The verdict, which was finally read on September 27, found the ex-PM guilty on some of the charges and she was sentenced in absentia to five years in jail, without any suspension of the sentence.

The police have since charged her for violation of immigration law, and have also asked Interpol to issue a red notice in order to assist in her arrest.

Thai authorities have also sought the cooperation of other countries to locate her exact whereabouts.

Yingluck is reportedly seeking asylum in the UK, France or Germany.

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