Wissanu says it’s not necessary to invoke Section 44 to revoke Yingluck’s passport

Revocation of fugitive ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra’s passport can be processed by the foreign Ministry itself without any need to invoke Section 44 of the interim Constitution, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Sunday (Oct 1).

He said the ministry could revoke her passport in accordance with the existing procedure, and it needn’t has to resort to Section 44 to do it.

But Dr Wissanu stressed that any application for asylum must be a pure political case when he was asked to comment on report that Ms Yingluck has sought political asylum in the United Kingdom.

He cited example of a coup that overthrows a government as a political case that asylum can be sought.

But he declined to comment if Yingluck would claim her conviction in the rice pledging scheme case was a consequence of the coup.

This was up to the consideration of the country she applied for asylum which he could not say, he said.

Applicant to political asylum in the UK must prove that living in the person’s country is no longer safe and might be persecuted for different religions, races and political ideas.

The asylum procedure take at least six months, and if is granted asylum, that person can live in the UK for five years.

In another development, the commander of the Institute of Forensic Medicine Pol Maj Gen Thawatchai Mekprasertsuk said test on DNA samples collected from the ex-premier’s residence has not yet finished and would need several more days to get a precise resultas there are several pieces of evidence.