PM confident Yingluck will be tracked down, but this will take time

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is confident that authorities will be able to track down former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra but this will take time.

But for the time being, the prime minister admitted that security officials could not figure out how Ms Yingluck escaped out of the country and through which channels.

Nevertheless, he said authorities had coordinated with their counterparts in Singapore and United Arab Emirates for help in tracking the former prime minister.

Ms Yingluck was reported to have slipped out of Trat province into Cambodia where she boarded a private jet for Singapore and then flew on to Dubai, UAE.

Regarding criticism of security lapse allowing the escape of Ms Yingluck, Prime Minister Prayut explained that the ex-premier was free to travel anywhere in the Kingdom because she has not been found guilty and also the junta has lifted the overseas travel ban imposed on her due to criticism against the junta for alleged breach of the right to privacy.

However, he said that he felt sorry that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the security were made scapegoat for MsYingluck's escape.

Soon, it will be known how she fled the country and whether anyone helped in the escape. But we at the NCPO and the security did not help her definitely except there might be some bad people, said the prime minister as he vowed punishment against anyone who abetted in the escape.

Regarding a report that Ms Yingluck will apply for political asylum in a foreign country, the prime minister explained that this was not possible because she had not been convicted. Moreover, she skipped court's verdict reading, he added.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)