Don denies Yingluck issued UK passport

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai on Monday (Dec 4) denied a report that fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been issued a United Kingdom passport.

He said the Foreign Ministry has checked and found that the report was not true.

Mr Don explained that according to a general criterion, in order for a person to be issued a passport of one country, he or she must be a citizen of that country.

He accepted the fact that some countries issue passports to certain people, such as those who have invested in those countries. However, the UK does not have this policy, he added.

Ms Yingluck fled the country on Aug 23, two days before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Position was scheduled to read its ruling against her in the rice-pledging case. The reading of the ruling was postponed to Sept 27, when Ms Yingluck was sentenced to five years in jail for dereliction of duty.