Thai police ask foreign ministry to revoke Yingluck's passports

Police General Srivara took 25 police officers to search  former premier Yingluck Shinawatra's house in Soi Yothinpatthana 3, where they seized 17 of her personal belongings as evidence of her suspected escape from Thailand.
Police General Srivara took 25 police officers to search former premier Yingluck Shinawatra's house in Soi Yothinpatthana 3, where they seized 17 of her personal belongings as evidence of her suspected escape from Thailand.PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network) - Thai police have asked the Foreign Affairs Ministry to revoke former premier Yingluck Shinawatra's passports and to confirm with them her whereabouts.

The police have also contacted Interpol to help find her, Deputy Police Chief Police General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said on Friday (Sept 29).

They are also checking whether she fled to Dubai as reported or not, he added.

The police have also charged two Nakhon Pathom police officers found to have aided Yingluck's flight on Aug 23. They are accused of importing a car without Customs approval as an engine number of the car did not show in the Customs Department's records.

At least one of the officers, Pol Colonel Chairit Anurit, had already been charged with faking vehicle documents, as four fake licence plates were found in the sedan.

Yesterday, Police General Srivara took 25 police officers to search Yingluck's house in Soi Yothinpatthana 3, where they seized 17 of her personal belongings as evidence of her suspected escape from Thailand two days before a scheduled court ruling on a corruption case against her on Aug 25.

The search followed testimony given by Pol Colonel Chairit Anurit, one of three policemen suspected of facilitating Yingluck's escape.

During an interrogation last week, Chairit said that he had driven the former premier and her secretary, Nilubol Klinpratoom, in a Toyota Camry sedan from Bangkok to Sa Kaew province.

Police General Srivara also sought DNA evidence at Nilubol's condominium unit in Bangkok after getting an authorised search warrant and with the Prime Minister invoking absolute power under Article 44 of the interim charter, which is embedded in the 2017 Constitution.

The evidence should help verify Yingluck's escape if traces of her DNA found on these articles match those found in the sedan allegedly used for the escape, Srivara said.

The DNA test should take around a week.

The search was also aimed at ensuring Yingluck was not hiding inside her house, he said.