Foreign Ministry confirms Yingluck in England since September

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been in England since last September, said Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.

Mr Don confirmed for the first time on Tuesday (Jan 9) that he had been informed by the British government that Ms Yingluck has been in England since last September, but he didn't know her legal status and what passport she has been using.

He, however, assured that Yingluck's presence in England would not affect the relations between Thailand and Britain.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, meanwhile, said that the government would have to wait for formal confirmation about Ms Yingluck's presence in Britain from the British government even though the latest picture seen in the social media showing her with another woman in London.

He said that it was the responsibility of the Royal Thai Police to track her down and to bring her back to Thailand to face charges. However, he admitted that he didn't expect British government would send her back to Thailand.

It's up to their (British government) consideration. Each country has its own criteria (on whether to extradite a fugitive), Gen Prayut said.

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.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)