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Yingluck fled to Dubai: senior party members

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 01:04

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled to Dubai, according to senior members of her party.

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Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled to Dubai. That's according to senior members of her party, who say the ousted leader left the country last week. Shinawatra was a no-show at Supreme Court on Friday (Aug 25), where she faced up to 10 years in prison in a negligence ruling. A judge says she asked for sick leave, blaming an ear problem. But sources tell Reuters that Shinawatra flew via Singapore to Dubai to join her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who's also avoiding a 2008 jail sentence for corruption and lives in self-imposed exile. Police say they have no record of Yingluck leaving the country. They've issued an arrest warrant and immigration officials are on the lookout. Hundreds of her supporters rallied outside the courthouse on Friday (Aug 25), where Yingluck was due to hear her fate for negligence over a rice subsidy scheme, which was meant to solve rural poverty but cost the country around 8 billion dollars.

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Yingluck fled to Dubai: senior party members

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 01:04