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Prawit refuses to instruct officials over extradition efforts

Jan 11. 2018
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By The Nation

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Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan said on Thursday that he has not instructed officials in regard to the extradition efforts against the fugitive former PM Yingluck Shinawatra as they would face Article 157 for negligence of duty if they failed to perform their duties.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said on Tuesday that his British counterpart, Boris Johnson, has informed him that Yingluck had been in London since September.

He said his ministry would cooperate with Johnson’s ministry now that Yingluck’s whereabouts are known

In October, police cited Dubai authorities in saying Yingluck had left the United Arab Emirates on September 11 and moved to Britain. There were no further significant updates until photos of Yingluck in London and Oxford appeared in the media last week.

Prawit said he had no idea which country’s passports were being used by Yingluck. It is the responsibility of the Foreign Ministry to investigate when there is speculation that she is using the passport issued by neighbouring countries, he said.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday admitted that the extradition process was “generally uneasy”. Public prosecutors have yet to request Yingluck’s extradition from any country due to insufficient information, said Amnart Chotchai, director general of the Internal Affairs Department of the Attorney-General’s Office.

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