Thai fugitives Thaksin and Yingluck HK-bound

Local | 13 Feb 2018 6:38 pm

Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, both fugitives forced to live overseas, left for Hong Kong today, sources close to them said.

They had stayed in Japan since Saturday, according to the sources, Japan's Kyodo news agency reports.

Yingluck, who is believed to have visited Japan for the first time after fleeing Thailand, was accompanied by Thaksin as well as Somchai Wongsawat, their brother-in-law and another former Thai prime minister. They stayed in Japan for private purposes, the sources said.

Yingluck was granted permission for entry by the Japanese government, the sources said. She has sought asylum in Britain.

In September last year a court in Thailand sentenced former Yingluck in absentia to five years in prison for alleged negligence in a money-losing rice subsidy program. She was not in court to hear the verdict and the lawyers said they were unaware of her whereabouts.

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