Woman believed to be ex-PM Yingluck seen shopping in UK

Authorities concerned are trying to verify whether a woman who was seen shopping in the United Kingdom which appeared on the Facebook page of New TV was former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra as claimed or not, NCPO spokesperson Maj-Gen Piyapong Klinpan said on Friday (Dec 29).

New TV said that the picture in question was taken on Dec 26 and the woman who appeared in it was Yingluck.

Yingluck’s lawyer, Mr Pichit Chuenban, said he had not seen the picture yet, but some Pheu Thai core members admitted it was possible that the woman was Yingluck.

The former prime minister skipped out of Thailand allegedly with the help of some officials a few days ahead of the Sept 25 when the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions was to read the verdict on the rice pledging scheme case. 

The Supreme Court sentenced Yingluck in absentia to five years in prison.

On Sept 28, CNN quoted a source in Pheu Thai Party that Yingluck is in London and seeking political asylum in the United Kingdom.

The Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, said they had no additional information about Yingluck’s whereabouts.