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Thailand's ousted PM Yingluck heads to Europe

Published on Jul 24, 2014 12:05 AM

DRESSED in a striped jacket and accompanied by her school-going son Supasek Amornchat, deposed Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrived at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport on Wednesday night as she prepared to leave for Paris.

The former leader, who had secured permission from the ruling junta to holiday overseas, is leaving amid concerns that she will not return to face charges of negligence over a controversial rice purchase scheme administered by her government.

Asked by the crowd of reporters when she would return, she said: "I'm going to rest first. Let's talk when I get back."

Ms Yingluck, 47, was thrown out of office by the constitutional court on May 7 for abuse of power over the transfer of a senior official. The remaining members of her Cabinet were ousted in May 22 by a military coup.

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