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Ousted Thai PM Yingluck vows not to flee to avoid possible criminal charges

Published on Jul 18, 2014 4:11 PM
 
Thailand's deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday, July 18, 2014, ruled out going into self-exile to avoid possible criminal charges, after the country's junta gave her permission to travel overseas. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday ruled out going into self-exile to avoid possible criminal charges, after the country's junta gave her permission to travel overseas.

In her first news conference since the army seized power in May, Ms Yingluck said she would fly to Paris for a "private trip".

She is expected to attend the 65th birthday party of her elder brother, the fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, on July 26.

Thaksin, a billionaire tycoon turned populist politician, was ousted in an earlier coup in 2006 and later fled Thailand to avoid prison for a corruption conviction.

 
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