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Yingluck ‘swapped cars’ to get to land border

BANGKOK: Two vehicles were involved in transporting ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra to the border province of Sa Kaeo, national deputy police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said yesterday (Sept 12).

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Wednesday 13 September 2017, 08:23AM

Deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul believes ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra pulled off a car-switching dash for the Cambodian border on Aug 23, two days before her scheduled appearance at the Supreme Court. Photo: Bangkok Post / files
Deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul believes ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra pulled off a car-switching dash for the Cambodian border on Aug 23, two days before her scheduled appearance at the Supreme Court. Photo: Bangkok Post / files

Citing a police investigation, Gen Srivara said one vehicle left the former premier’s house in Bung Kum district on Aug 23, two days before the Supreme Court was due to rule on Yingluck’s criminal negligence case over her administration’s failed rice-pledging scheme.

She is then believed to have switched vehicles in Min Buri district about 10pm before the second car drove her to Sa Kaeo on the Cambodian border, he noted.

CCTV footage shows a woman was inside the vehicle but it cannot be confirmed whether this was Yingluck, Gen Srivara said, adding experts are in the process of examining the footage.

Efforts are being made to find out who helped Yingluck escape, he noted.

If they helped arrange her transport inside the country before Aug 25, when a warrant for her arrest was issued, they would not be charged, he said.

But if they helped Yingluck flee Thailand, they would be found guilty of breaching the Immigration Act, he added.

Gen Srivara said he could not confirm whether Yingluck has fled overseas as is widely believed.

Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry denied a visit by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon to the United Kingdom this week was aimed at seeking cooperation in hunting her down.

Gen Prawit, who is also the defence minister, is leading a team of officers from the armed forces on a four-day visit that kicked off yesterday, according to defence permanent secretary Chaichan Changmongkol.

The deputy premier will hold talks with his British counterpart about a joint military exercise, codenamed “Panther Gold 2017”, he noted. The drill, which will be conducted at Infantry Division 9 in Kanchanaburi, involves joint infantry exercises.

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Gen Chaichan said the visit is aimed at boosting ties as well as security and military cooperation.

It was not organised to seek cooperation from Britain to track down the fugitive former premier, who has reportedly sought refuge in the UK, he said.

According to a military source, Panther Gold is the first step of a joint military exercise following in the footsteps of Cobra Gold, the biggest annual multilateral military exercise in Asia-Pacific, led by Thailand and the United States.

Panther Gold is a combat exercise, not a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operation, the source said.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said there is nothing to suggest Yingluck has sought refugee status with any country.

National Security Council secretary-general Thawip Netniyom said security officers are still trying to determine the whereabouts of Yingluck. A press briefing will be conducted when new details emerge, he noted.

Responding to reports the ousted former premier slipped out of the country via Sa Kaeo, Gen Thawip said it will take time to comb such a large area to discover her exact route.

Gen Prawit said last week a Mercedes-Benz believed to have been used in her escape was captured on CCTV footage passing a military camp in Sa Kaeo on Aug 23.

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BenPendejo | 13 September 2017 - 18:29:59

Boy...that sneaky'ol Yingluck.  Who would have ever thought that the old "switcheroo" would come into play...and leave those expert RTP chaps with their thumbs up their arses.  Incredible international intrigue... a truly legendary "great escape"...NOT!

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Kurt | 13 September 2017 - 13:58:42

It seems that the authorities/Officials understand that the public is not content with the Mercedez Benz story.
Now they throw a 2nd car in the 'battle of believe'.
So we go to see later a 3rd car coming in to complete the confusion.

I wonder or the Cambodja Government is happy with the continues statements of Thailand that Ms Yingluck traveled to Cambodja.
Cambodja has stated severa...

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malczx7r | 13 September 2017 - 13:22:37

To be fair, she probably used a teleportation device to get from one vehicle to the other so the expert security services wouldn't see the cars stop and her get out and get into the other vehicle, "beam me up Scotty"!

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Foot | 13 September 2017 - 12:26:39

Why does it matter?
Everyone knew she wasn't going to wait around for what was sure to be a guilty verdict.  Why worry about it now?
Let it go.

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Rorri_2 | 13 September 2017 - 10:06:33

Two cars, really, considering they don't even know if she was in  the car, caught on CCTV, looks like more propaganda info from the inept, inspector clueless of the national police.

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Discover Thainess | 13 September 2017 - 08:48:45

Ahhhh the old "two car switch", that must be how she threw off the expert thai security services that were watching her every move ......

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