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Still no news from Interpol members on Yingluck’s location

Nov 07. 2017
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By The Nation

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The more than 190 members of Interpol seemingly still have no information to offer in regard to the whereabouts of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled Thailand more than two months ago.

Pol Colonel Krisana Patanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, said on Tuesday that none of the 192 member countries had informed the Bangkok Interpol office of any clues as to the location of the fugitive politician.

However, Thai police are gathering more evidence to send to Interpol in order to get a blue notice issued on her, he said, adding that they are continually coordinating with the international crime agency.

The blue notice is used for requesting help to collect information regarding a criminal’s whereabouts or related crime activities.

“If she is located in any country, the Interpol member would notify Thai authorities immediately,” he stressed.

It has been more than a month since the Bangkok Interpol office sent the request for a blue notice to the France-based agency.

Thai police requested Interpol’s assistance in late September after Yingluck was sentenced in absentia to five years in jail following her trial for negligence of duty in regard to her administration’s rice-pledging scheme.

The latest news of her whereabouts was disclosed by Thai authorities early last month, when they said that Yingluck had left Dubai for London.

Late last month, all four Thai passports held by Yingluck were revoked by the Foreign Ministry, as a result of which the former premier will no longer be able to travel from one country to another using those documents.

Rumours have been circulating that Yingluck plans to seek political asylum in the United Kingdom.

Last week, the UK authorities informed Thailand that if she came to stay in the country, she would need to follow the normal immigration process, but there would not be an issue of political asylum.

Yingluck fled Thailand on August 23 and has been wanted since August 25, when she failed to show up to hear the final ruling in the negligence case against her.

She was sentenced in her absence a month later to five years in jail.

Yingluck has neither been heard from nor seen since she fled the Kingdom.

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