Two police officers formally charged for helping Yingluck escape

Two Nahon Pathom police officers have been formally charged with dereliction of duty in violation of the Section 157 of the Criminal Code for helping former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to escape.

Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, a deputy police chief, said the two officers–Pol Lt Col Samit Chai-inkham and Pol Senior Sgt Maj Pornpipat–reported to him on Friday (Dec 1) to hear the charges, Thairath online reports.

He said the two officers were summonsed to hear the charges after the investigators had obtained sufficient evidence to confirm that they helped Ms Yingluck escape on Aug 23, two days ahead of the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions’ schedule to deliver its ruling on the rice-pledging case against her on Aug 25.  The escape prompted the court to postpone the reading of the verdict to Nov 27.

The two officers were released after being formally charged.

As for Pol Col Chairit Anurit, former deputy chief of Metropolitan Police Division 5, who is also wanted under an arrest warrant after he failed to show up to hear the same charge on Nov 10, Pol Gen Srivara said police are still looking for him.

From checks with the immigration police, Pol Col Chairit was not found to have traveled abroad through normal immigration channels.  However, it was still not known whether he had escaped through other channels, Pol Gen Srivara said.