Bangkok, Oct 12: The police in Thailand said on Thursday Interpol has been asked to help locate and arrest fugitive former Prime Minister Yingluck Shiwatra who was sentenced in absentia to five years of imprisonment for her role in a rice subsidy scam.
Thailand asks Interpol's help to find ex-PM
Police deputy spokesperson Krisa Pattacharoen told Efe news that Interpol has asked for more information on the case before issuing a blue notice. A blue notice is issued to collect additiol information about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.
Yingluck had fled Thailand a few days before August 23, when the Supreme Court was due to rule on the case against her for dereliction of duty in a rice subsidy program, irregularities in which led to million-dollar losses to the state during her term in office (2001-2014).
The court had filly delivered the conviction on September 27 and issued an arrest warrant against Yingluck, whose 30-million baht ($905,000) bail was confiscated by the court after she fled. According to members of her party and family, the former premer escaped to Cambodia and later travelled to Dubai and then a few weeks later to London, where she has allegedly asked for political asylum. (IANS)