Police are investigating whether a woman shown in the picture widely shared in the social media was former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra or not.
The woman who looks like Yingluck was seen with another woman in front of a shopping mall likely to be Harrods in London.
Pol Gen Srivara Ransibhramanakul, the deputy national police chief, said Friday (Jan 5) that he had instructed the Central Police Forensic Science Division (CPFS) to verify the picture in question. He added that the Thai Interpol were also ordered to look into the matter.
He said that the CPFS believed that the woman in the picture was likely to be Ms Yingluck and the picture was real, adding that the Thai Interpol would again coordinate with their counterpart in Britain for help to try to locate the whereabouts of the fugitive former prime minister.
Earlier last year, the Thai Interpol had sought help from the Interpol to track down Ms Yingluck but no response has been received so far. However, report from the Interpol in UAE showed that the ex-premier had already left UAE for Britain, but there has not been a confirmation from Interpol in Britain about her arrival or stay there.
Pol Gen Srivara said the Immigration Bureau had already checked a report that Ms Yingluck’s only son had left for Britain during New Year.
He, however, noted that there was nothing wrong about taking picture with Yingluck because it took place outside Thailand.