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UK ‘lacks information’ on former PM Yingluck

BANGKOK: Ex-foreign minister Kasit Piromya said yesterday (Aug 1) that the government should provide the UK and international community with more detailed information to substantiate Bangkok’s request to extradite fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 2 August 2018, 08:44AM

Fugitive ex-prime ministers Thaksin (left) and Yingluck Shinawatra, seen here at a restaurant serving Northeastern cuisine, continue to flaunt the good life of London on their social media accounts. Photo: via Instagram via Bangkok Post

Fugitive ex-prime ministers Thaksin (left) and Yingluck Shinawatra, seen here at a restaurant serving Northeastern cuisine, continue to flaunt the good life of London on their social media accounts. Photo: via Instagram via Bangkok Post

Mr Kasit, a supporter of the yellow-shirt People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) when it was at the height of influence against Thaksin Shinawatra 10 years ago, said he believes the UK lacks adequate information about her case.

“The government must confirm Yingluck’s case is not a political [witch-hunt]. It has to give details about [her administration’s] rice-pledging case and the damage it has caused the country, as well as the fact that a former minister is in prison in a related case,” he said.

He said the details would add weight to the extradition’s request, noting the government should coordinate with every country where Yingluck is known to have travelled.

Mr Kasit’s comments came after the government revealed it has sought her extradition from the UK, where she is believed to have been based since fleeing Thailand last year to avoid a jail sentence.

She made her escape last August, shortly before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions was scheduled to hand down a ruling in a rice-pledging case in which she was indicted of negligence of duty.

The court found her guilty and ordered a five-year jail term in absentia.

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Calls for her extradition resurfaced after Yingluck was seen in a video clip posted on Instagram last weekend in which she said she is now living in Covent Garden in London’s West End.

Deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said yesterday that police are verifying her whereabouts and will submit information to the prosecution’s office to seek her extradition.

Amnat Chotchai, director-general of the International Affairs Department at the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG), said the request states clearly that the case against Yingluck is not politically motivated.

However, the decision to collaborate with or ignore the request will lie with the British government, he said.

Moreover, little progress has been made in the ongoing attempt to extradite her older brother Thaksin, another fugitive former premier, he added. Thaksin is known to spend time in London and Dubai.

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Christy Sweet | 07 August 2018 - 08:23:03

My comments about chauvinistic sex pats and dregs of western masculinity  are aimed at sex pats and dregs of western masculinity. If one is not in that category,  why feign offense? Maybe some folks here have some issues with their own choices?  (So glad I'm not commanded by my genitals.) 

DeKaaskopp | 06 August 2018 - 17:51:33

"to make their meals and clean the house" Isn't it a good thing to foster their {all women worldwide} talents?

malczx7r | 06 August 2018 - 13:26:13

Well glad us males didn't all get tarred as all the same, oh that's right we did! Seems someone is a little bit peed off, no male dive instructors, no male teachers here, some of us just want to spend winter away from the cold and sit by the beach? Of course not, we are all sexpats, well done Ms CS!  I'm sure if us men had made the same sweeping assumption about women we'd all ...

Christy Sweet | 06 August 2018 - 08:46:57

Expat women I know are more involved in helping Thais or animals than getting cheap sex or procuring  a wifey to make their meals and clean the house. Unfortunately, Thailand's legions of sex workers does attract the dregs of western masculinity and creates a last bastion for the worst of the chauvinists. 

DeKaaskopp | 05 August 2018 - 10:00:22

"The poor remain poor,the rich get richer"Any difference to other countries here? You want to do something about it,then give half your money to some poor people.In that case your blablabla would lead to something.

Jor12 | 04 August 2018 - 20:09:56

If, as you allege, men are here just for the cheap sex... what are women here for? 

Christy Sweet | 04 August 2018 - 09:01:25

I don't care if people want to sell sex, or buy it, but men  who  pretend that cheap prostitutes  are not the reason for being in Thailand are fooling no one.      

Kurt | 04 August 2018 - 03:12:30

How hard headed can you be not to understand  normal foreign democratic governments don't do business with a thai militairy coup regime. Foreign democratic governments just smile, are 'diplomatic friendly' only.The thai army did overtake a democratic elected government 4 years ago.Until now, what did the army do better/improved? Despite the blabla, the poor remain poor, the rich get ri...

DeKaaskopp | 03 August 2018 - 12:05:56

"If i had the big bucks i would never ever live here".That Thailand is a cheap country is probably the only thing you knew about it before moving here.But hey,there are much cheaper countries.You could go there.But be warned,even in those countries there will be prostitutes! And for a "Misanthrope"there is probably no country good enough.Only an uninhabited island will do it fo...

DeKaaskopp | 03 August 2018 - 11:49:10

"UK is still in Schengen" Nonsense! The UK isn't and never was a member of Schengen.They only cooperate partly with them! Surprised that someone who usually knows everything didn't know that.  But even better is the following:"Seen the haircut of many Thai tourists in Europe,many must be working in RTP or Army" Then i guess the whole British Army visits Thailand frequen...

malczx7r | 03 August 2018 - 10:22:12

UK isn't in the schengen!

Christy Sweet | 03 August 2018 - 09:46:36

Why on earth would they want to return to a banana republic? Thailand is for those on a budget. If I had the big bucks I'd never, ever  live here.  I guess if cheap prostitutes or wife/body servants were important to me I might have a different view.

Kurt | 02 August 2018 - 18:56:41

When a thai has a steady job, money on his bank account, a health and accident insurance, a return ticket, sure he gets a visa for  Schengen countries ( UK is still in Schengen).
Bus loads full with thai tourists in Amsterdam and Antwerp, visiting the diamond and watch shops. There are many rich thai.
Seen the haircut of many thai tourists in Europe, many must be working in RTP or Army.

Rorri_2 | 02 August 2018 - 16:36:14

".How about starting those reciprocal rules with Visas first," quite simple, the UK doesn't need Thai tourists, but Thailand needs UK tourists, Australian tourists, US tourists etc.

DeKaaskopp | 02 August 2018 - 15:40:34

"UK should apply reciprocal rules to Thais"Any idea how hard it is for a Thai person to obtain a simple tourist visa for the UK or for the Schengen states? They cannot just buy a ticket and visit those countries.How about starting those reciprocal rules with Visas first.

Shwe | 02 August 2018 - 13:07:04

Bet she doesn't have to report to immigration every 90 days or when she spends a night away from her registered address. UK should apply reciprocal rules to Thais 

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