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    If Chalermchai is right and he probably is, our glorious leaders should charge square-head with aiding and abetting. Yes, pile it on, show the world that Thailand won't tolerate crooked politicians!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilsonandson
    For example look at Julian Assange. He can't escape the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
    Don't know if one would compare the competence of the RTP with Scotland yard. Maybe Burkino Faso's Ouagadougou police force. Coincidentally Burkino Faso probably has had as many coups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    If Chalermchai is right and he probably is, our glorious leaders should charge square-head with aiding and abetting. Yes, pile it on, show the world that Thailand won't tolerate crooked politicians!
    ....the historic irony notwithstanding

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    Would it be possible that Yingluck is on a boat sailing international waters whilst asylum arrangements are undertaken

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    The little boatman...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Thailandís former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Wednesday (Aug 30) made his first public comment since his sister Yingluck fled the country last week, breaking a long silence with a Twitter post that appeared to denounce the Thai justice system as tyrannical.



    Former Thai PM Thaksin breaks silence on sister Yingluck, denounces judicial tyranny, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
    Has that wanker Jeff realised that she's fled Thailand yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Thailandís former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Wednesday (Aug 30) made his first public comment since his sister Yingluck fled the country last week, breaking a long silence with a Twitter post that appeared to denounce the Thai justice system as tyrannical.



    Former Thai PM Thaksin breaks silence on sister Yingluck, denounces judicial tyranny, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
    Has that wanker Jeff realised that she's fled Thailand yet?

    Kinda slow, Harry.
    Need to keep up.

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    For your information, the photo above was taken in Paris in 2014.



    http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-...aksin-at-paris

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    I know, but I doubt Shaikh Mo wants them posting selfies from Dubai, they're aren't officially there you see...


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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Has that wanker Jeff realised that she's fled Thailand yet?

    Kinda slow, Harry.
    Need to keep up.
    Is that a Yes, Jeff?

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    BANGKOK (AFP) - A convoy believed to be carrying Thailand's fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was last spotted heading through a military checkpoint close to the border with Cambodia, the junta's deputy leader said on Friday (Sept 8).

    It is the first official confirmation authorities have made that Yingluck was last seen heading towards Cambodia.

    Thailand's first female prime minister, whose government was toppled by the military in 2014, pulled a dramatic disappearing act last month on the day a court was due to deliver a verdict in her trial for criminal negligence.

    She has not made any public appearance since her flight but there are widespread reports that she has joined her brother Thaksin, who was toppled in a 2006 coup, in Dubai.

    Thailand's junta has said it was unaware she was planning to flee - something analysts and many Thais have found hard to believe, given the round-the-clock surveillance Yingluck frequently complained about.

    On Friday, deputy junta leader General Prawit Wongsuwon gave reporters an update on the investigation, saying Yingluck's convoy was last seen on CCTV at a military checkpoint in Sa Kaeo province, which borders Cambodia.

    "The CCTV footage does not show them at the border checkpoint, it finishes at a military checkpoint at Sa Kaeo province," he said, without elaborating on whether soldiers at the checkpoint searched the cars.

    Junta and officials from Yingluck's Pheu Thai party have given conflicting accounts of the escape route. One senior military official said they believed Yingluck flew straight to Singapore in a private jet and then on to Dubai.

    Party insiders have said she either drove or took a boat to Cambodia from where she then flew in a private plane to Singapore and on to Dubai.

    The government in Phnom Penh has made no public comment on whether she went through their territory.

    The junta has come under fire from some conservative allies over Yingluck's disappearance, with many questioning how the authoritarian regime could have let her slip the net.

    Any escape through Cambodia would also be embarrassing because the current junta leadership hail from a military clique known as the Eastern Tigers whose power base is in that border region.

    Analysts say the military leadership were concerned that jailing Yingluck would afford her martyr status and might reinvigorate her supporters.

    The Shinawatra political dynasty began under Thaksin in 2001 with a series of groundbreaking welfare schemes that won them votes and the loyalty of the rural poor.

    But their popularity rattled the royalist and army-aligned elite, who assailed successive governments linked to the clan with coups, court cases and protests.

    Thaksin himself was toppled in a 2006 coup and fled overseas two years later to avoid jail for a corruption conviction.

    The period since then - dubbed the "Lost Decade" - has seen frequent deadly street protests, short-lived governments and the return of military rule in 2014.

    Yingluck Shinawatra's escape convoy seen heading towards Cambodia: Thai junta, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

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    The expected Thai theatre.

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    Yingluck’s residence in Bangkok’s Bung Kum district



    The military has sent its information on a possible escape route of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to police, 1st Army commander Lt Gen Apirat Kongsompong said on Wednesday (Sept 13).

    Lt Gen Apirat confirmed information given earlier by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon that a car suspected to be taking Ms Yingluck was found near a military checkpoint in Sa Kaeo province near the Thai-Cambodian border, an area under the jurisdiction of the 1st Army.
    He said information Ms Yingluck’s escape has come from various sources, including the military and police. Therefore, the information received must be collated as required in an intelligence process so that a further investigation can be carried out in a clear direction.
    The authorities handling this matter need time to gather evidence. It is believed the police would be able to come up with a clear conclusion, Lt Gen Apirat said.


    On Sept 12, deputy police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said that from the study of the footage of closed-circuit television cameras installed in front of Ms Yingluck’s house in ฺBangkok’s Bung Kum district, police found that out of about 20 vehicles entering and leaving the house on Aug 23, two days before Aug 25 set by the court to deliver a ruling on the rice-pledging case, two of them were found to arouse suspicions.
    At 2pm on that day, the first vehicle headed for Min Buri, where a female passenger alighted to take another vehicle, which proceeded to Sa Kaeo province. The second vehicle was recorded by a CCTV in Sa Kaeo after 10pm, when the immigration office had been closed.


    However, the image in the footage was not clear enough to identify whether the woman was Ms Yingluck or not, Pol Lt Gen Srivara said.
    Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said that so far there has been no information on whether Ms Yingluck has sought a political asylum.
    The ministry has not yet asked for information from Cambodia although it was reported that Ms Yingluck escaped into that country. The matter is being discussed by concerned officials, Mr Don said.

    Military information on Yingluck's escape sent to police: Lt Gen Apirat - Thai PBS English News




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    Yingluck’s flight reinforces Thai military rule

    When Thai ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra spirited into presumed self-exile late last month ahead of a highly anticipated criminal negligence verdict on her loss-making rice price subsidy scheme, coup-installed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha merely shrugged upon hearing the news.


    Thailand’s media has since been consumed guessing how Yingluck, who has not made any public statement on her whereabouts or motivations, managed to skip heavy state surveillance and military fortified border crossings.


    Most analysts suspect she is now either in Dubai or London, where her brother, self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, is known to maintain luxury residences. But while the guessing game continues and with the long-awaited final verdict still pending until later this month, certain political upshots of her flight are now clear.




    Prayuth’s regime has leveraged Yingluck’s flight from justice as proof positive that she is indeed guilty as charged, providing further ballast to the junta’s narrative that her camp’s politicians are corrupt and driven more by personal than national motivations.


    Prayuth’s proponents view Yingluck’s impromptu departure as a third big recent win for the authoritarian leader, following last August’s resounding passage by referendum of a military-drafted constitution that solidified a future political role for the armed forces and his perceived as smooth management of the royal succession after highly revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death last October.


    Whether Yingluck’s flight has put the country more firmly on a path to new elections, long promised by Prayuth’s junta, is less certain. While junta representatives tell foreign envoys and business representatives the country is on a track back to democracy, Prayuth continues to question the wisdom of holding polls that return to power the same corrupt elected politicians he overthrew in a coup.


    The military’s own internal polls show Peua Thai’s popularity has endured under junta rule, according to a source familiar with the surveys.




    An eventual guilty verdict against Yingluck is a foregone conclusion. According to one well-placed diplomat with access to the Shinawatra family, senior junta members were in contact with Thaksin as early as May advising that the court would rule against Yingluck – a verdict that carries a possible ten-year prison sentence – and that his clan should begin to make arrangements for her departure into exile.


    Yingluck had told diplomats and journalists ahead of her flight that she was willing to go to prison on principle and would not post bail even if given the opportunity. Peua Thai stalwarts had ventured such a scenario would put Yingluck in the same martyred league as former Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, once viewed as a pro-democracy icon for her house arrest stand against Myanmar’s military rule, and could elicit a popular mass anti-military response.


    Junta leaders rang alarm bells that Thaksin’s and Yingluck’s “Red Shirt” pressure group could tilt the country back towards street-level instability before the verdict’s announcement, despite the relative small number of supporters who attended Yingluck’s final teary-eyed hearing on August 1 and tight military surveillance of known protest organizers in Peua Thai’s north and northeastern region strongholds.


    It now seems clear the military overplayed that risk to raise royalist concerns that a heated Red Shirt response to Yingluck’s jailing could threaten the serenity and spectacle of former King Bhumibol’s October 26 cremation ceremony and new King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun’s formal coronation, expected but not confirmed for December or January while Thai temperatures are cool.


    Some analysts and diplomats believe the royal palace may have signaled for the junta to allow for Yingluck’s unmolested passage into exile to avoid instability, a tacit nod from above that would help to explain how both the military and police were supposedly caught unawares as the country’s most surveilled criminal suspect slipped away undetected.




    Thaksin and Yingluck’s political camp had earlier hoped for more sympathetic royal treatment upon the father-to-son transition. Some interpreted a move in that direction in a military-led reconciliation drive earlier this year that bore certain symbolic royal hallmarks, but appeared to quickly fizzle out upon the initiative’s first meetings with skeptical political party members and a lack of military follow through.


    The harsh verdicts handed to former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, now serving 42 years in prison for falsifying overseas rice deals, his deputy Poom Sarapol, now doing 36 years on similar charges, and Apichart Chanasakulporn, head of rice trading firm Siam Indica who is facing 48 years behind bars and 16 billion baht (US$485 million) in fines for his role in the scheme’s irregularities, all pointedly aim at Thaksin.


    The three are now known by observers to be under pressure in prison to reveal who ultimately benefitted from the scheme’s leakages and whether Thaksin was in any way involved. The former premier’s critics believe the rice scheme may have served as conduit for recouping lost riches, including the US$1.4 billion worth seized in a February 2010 court verdict. No explicit evidence of Thaksin’s involvement, however, was revealed in the court proceedings.


    The seizure of Thaksin’s personal assets famously sparked the 2010 Red Shirt protests that eventuated in mass killings and destruction, including the shooting of protestors by soldiers under Prayuth’s command. While Thaksin has remained mostly quiescent on the sidelines since the 2014 coup and during the year-long period of mourning marking Bhumibol’s passing, some wonder if he may try to mount new resistance after the royal ceremonies are complete.


    There are several reasons the 68-year-old ex-premier, now nearly a decade in exile, could go for broke. Even if the military holds new elections, a still distant prospect, the new constitution will tightly circumscribe the policies and activities of all elected politicians through overarching powers given to the military-appointed Senate.




    New election rules, meanwhile, will make it nearly impossible for any party to win an outright majority, meaning the appointed Senate’s unified bloc will likely determine the next premier, widely tipped to be Prayuth or perhaps current army commander General Chalermchai Sitthisart, who by law will retire his position next October 1 and is close to the new king. Nor can an elected government easily amend the charter.


    Chaturon Chaisang, a former Peua Thai minister, told Asia Times that his party is bracing for more military moves, including still pending organic laws, to disqualify its top members from running for office. While some members may choose to leave the party after Boonsong’s harsh conviction and Yingluck’s unannounced flight, he says it has so far remained mostly unified against junta rule, though a faction believes sustained military engagement will eventually reap political rewards.


    Many felt Thaksin would opt to play by the military’s rules if the junta continued to tread lightly on his personal and family interests. But Yingluck’s flight from junta justice and a pending civil suit which could seize as much as US$1 billion worth of her assets is viewed by some as the front edge of a new military offensive to permanently purge the Shinawatra clan’s still considerable political and economic clout.


    Some analysts believe state prosecutors could move on the Shinawatra family-controlled SC Asset Corporation property development company, where Yingluck formerly served as chief executive, to recoup the state losses they claim she owes for negligence. The confiscation risk, market analysts say, has already impacted on the company’s sales and finances.


    A renewed money-laundering accusation against Thaksin’s son, media owner Panthongtae Shinawatra, from a decade-old bank loan scandal is a possible next step in what some junta supporters refer to as a “final solution” to the country’s political problems. Others say Thaksin’s sister, Yaowapha Wongsuwat, wife of former premier Somchai Wongsuwat and Peua Thai’s traditional financial controller, is likely next in the junta’s legal sights.




    While Prayuth’s junta renews its bid to divide and rule Peua Thai, history shows Thaksin won’t likely go down without some sort of fight, particularly as it becomes clear that the junta has leveraged the late phases of the royal transition’s mourning period to make political moves and with the emerging new reign so far focused on stability, continuity and consolidation.


    What form that resistance could take is altogether unclear considering the fast and efficient post-coup militarization of Thai society, including a formidable surveillance state led in part by Lieutenant General Thanakiat Chakkasem’s Armed Forces Security Center. Thanakiat is known to have open door and frequent access to Prayuth, while his agency has been empowered to make political arrests that have tread on other enforcement agencies’ turf, according to an envoy monitoring the situation.


    While Thaksin and his allies are backed into a deep and darkening corner, few believe the ex-premier has the stomach or capacity to launch a rural hit-and-run style insurgency in his north or northeastern strongholds or a phantom urban bombing campaign. Either would give the junta pretext to tighten its grip and attenuate its election timeline, and possibly bar Thaksin access to the Western countries to which he now freely travels despite his legal status as a fugitive from Thai justice.


    Thaksin and Yingluck’s best bet remains some sort of royal pardon under the new king, a legal possibility under a palace endorsed late amendment to the new charter that no longer requires the prime minister’s counter-signature on royal commands. But with the military’s strong role in consolidating the new reign and Thaksin’s Red Shirts’ past and recent dalliances with anti-monarchy messaging, a royal intervention in his family’s favor seems increasingly chimerical.


    Yingluck's flight reinforces Thai military rule | Asia Times

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    Can't imagine our glorious leaders are preparing the groundwork for another 'plausible' reason to 'defer' elections. Clearly the looting is yet incomplete.

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    They've spent all the family silver trying to "stimulate the economy" by chucking tax payer's money at Infrastructure 2.0.

    Fortunately, the world can wash it's money through Thailand's books and 'mega-projects'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Can't imagine our glorious leaders are preparing the groundwork for another 'plausible' reason to 'defer' elections. Clearly the looting is yet incomplete.

    The looting been ongoing for a better part of a century.
    A way of life for some.

    Don't be fooled by the occasional changing players within the larger aberration of Thai theatre.

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    This is definitely getting worse,

    Thailand has become a big sad joke of a country,

    Only Thaksin can save it at this stage, not even the UDD

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    Yingluck’s alleged helper in her escape faces abrupt transfer

    The deputy commander of the 5th division of Metropolitan Police Bureau, Pol Col Chairith Anurith, was transferred to the operations centre of the MPB pending a fact-finding investigation after he was suspected of helping former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra escape out of the country on Aug 21.


    The abrupt transfer of the police colonel was ordered by Pol Maj-Gen Mongkol Warunno, commander of the 5th division of the MPB after the seizure in Nakhon Pathom of a Toyota Camry, one of the two cars found by police of being used in Ms Yingluck’s escape on the night of Aug 23–two days ahead of the scheduled reading of the verdict of the Supreme Court’s criminal division for holders of political positions on the rice pledging scheme case on Aug 25.


    It was reported that Pol Gen Srivara Rangsipramanakul, the national deputy police chief, had escorted Pol Col Chairith together with the latter’s Toyota Camry for examination. The car matched with the one shown on surveillance camera footage which left Ms Yingluck’s residence on the night of Aug 23.




    The fact-finding probe against the police colonel was intended to find out whether the colonel was on duty when he allegedly drove the Camry from Bangkok to Sa Kaeo province, bordering with Cambodia.


    Pol Col Chairith is one of the three police officers allegedly involved with Ms Yingluck’s escape. The other two police officers are Pol Col Samit Chai-in and Pol Sen Sgt Maj Pornpipat Boonmak–both are based in Nakhon Pathom province.


    Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon, who is in charge of security affairs, says he knows who ordered the three officers to take Ms Yingluck and her secretary in a Toyota Camry car from Min buri to Sa Kaeo province from which she slipped across the border.


    Gen Prawit said this on Friday (Sept 22) after security officials and police retrieved a car which they suspected of being one of the two cars used in Ms Yingluck’s escape.


    Citing a police report, the deputy prime minister said two cars were used for Ms Yingluck’s escape. The first one was a Mercedes Benz which took Ms Yingluck and her secretary from her residence in Bung Kum to Min Buri. The second was a Toyota Camry which took them from Min Buri to Sa Kaeo province.


    Three police officers were reported to have been detained for questioning for allegedly helping the escape. Gen Prawit said he knew who was the person who ordered them to do so, but did not elaborate.


    Gen Prawit said the deputy commander admitted he drove Ms Yingluck and the secretary to Sa Kaeo, from which another car took them to proceed with the escape.


    He said the three officers have not been charged in connection with Ms Yingluck’s escape, pending a further investigation. However, they will be initially charged with faking the registration of a car and the engine’s serial number.


    It is still not known whether they were linked to a former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Gen Prawit said.





    Yingluck?s alleged helper in her escape faces abrupt transfer - Thai PBS English News

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    'ere we go...

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    Can you imagine the horrors that poor woman had to endure.

    I mean, having to drive around in a Camry.

    Oh the humanity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    This is definitely getting worse,

    Thailand has become a big sad joke of a country,

    Only Thaksin can save it at this stage, not even the UDD

    And you still haven't a clue [like most] about the affairs and goings on of the fair country.

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