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Senior police officer detained over alleged role in Yingluck’s escape

Sep 22. 2017
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By The Nation

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A police deputy commander was detained for interrogation on Thursday night on suspicion of allegedly helping former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra flee the country.

The police officer of the rank of Colonel, who is close to a former Metropolitan Police Bureau chief, was brought to Royal Thai Police headquarters along with a bronze Toyota Camry carrying the Chor Khor 5323 licence plate seized in Nakhon Pathom province. 

The police officer is suspected to have driven the car that helped Yingluck flee the country. 

Deputy police commissioner Pol General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul started interrogating the suspect at 10.30pm. He also ordered the police forensic science department to collect DNA and fingerprints from the car for further evidence.

A source said the interrogation would continue throughout the night.

Yingluck pulled off a dramatic escape last month a few days before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders was due to deliver a verdict on August 25 in the case against her for negligence in managing her government’s rice-pledging scheme. 

Yingluck’s whereabouts remain unknown but the court will read its verdict even in her absence on September 27. If found guilty, the former prime minister could face up to 10 years in jail and a lifetime ban from politics

She has not made any public appearance since August 23, but there are widespread reports that she has joined her elder brother Thaksin, who lives in self-exile in Dubai.

Forensic science police at Royal Thai Police headquarters on Thursday night inspect the car believed to have taken Yingluck out of the country. They were collecting DNA and fingerprints for further evidence as a Police Colonel, who is a deputy commander, was being interrogated as the suspected driver of the escape vehicle.

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