Government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Sunday that it was the responsibility of security officers concerned to pursue former prime ministers Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra.
An image of the two fugitive ex-prime ministers was shown in the social media on Saturday reportedly while they were visiting Beijing to extend well wishes to the Thai people during Chinese New year the coming week.
It was not known when the picture was taken. However, Thaksin’s youngest daughter, Ms Paethongtarn, posted in her instagram account on Saturday the image of her father whose dress looked like the one shown in the other image together with Ms Yingluck, with a caption which read that Thaksin extended his well wishes to Thai people during the Chinese New Year.
Lt-Gen Sansern said that no special instruction had been given to security officials concerned regarding the images of the two Shinawatra sibings in the social media.
He said the government had already had many things to attend to, but did not ignore the pursuit of the two fugitives.
This was the first public appearance of the two former prime ministers since Ms Yingluck skipped out of the country last August 23 – two days before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders was due to deliver a verdict on her concerning the rice pledging scheme.