Yingluck is in London – says Pheu Thai Party to CNN

Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra sentenced in absentia to five years in prison is now in London and is seeking asylum in the UK, CNN quoted a Pheu Thai Party (PTP) source as saying today (Thursday).

She is in London and seeking political asylum in the United Kingdom, CNN said.

Earlier Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday that Yingluck was in hiding in Dubai, where her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, another former Thai prime minister, lives in exile.

But the PTP source told CNN that Yingluck left Dubai for London two weeks ago.

The UK’s Home Office, which deals with asylum applications, told CNN it does not comment on individual cases.

Commenting on CNN’s report, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan said today that he had no knowledge about her asylum, as the Foreign Ministry has said that she is in Dubai.

He said there is no further report from the ministry. He added that Thai police have already notified the Interpol for help to locate her.