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    Yingluck's done a runner

    My money's on Dubai.

    Thailand’s former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra may have fled the country after failing to appear in court to hear the verdict in her long-running trial, according to the junta that ousted her in a coup in 2014 and reports in local media.

    Thousands of Yingluck’s supporters had massed outside the country’s supreme court on Friday morning to witness the outcome of the trial over allegations of failing to prevent alleged corruption.

    However, the 50-year-old did not turn up. Her lawyer told the judge that his client was suffering from an issue with fluid in her ear and was unable to attend.

    The judge ruled the court would issue an arrest warrant and seize her bail bond.

    “We don’t think that the defendant is ill. We think that the defendant is hiding or has fled ... We have pushed back the verdict date to 27 September,” a statement from a supreme court judge said. “She asked for sick leave not to show up today.”

    A spokeswoman for Yingluck declined to comment. However, her lawyer said he was not sure if she was still in the country.

    The deputy prime minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, said “it is possible” that she had fled Thailand.

    Yingluck’s billionaire brother and former telecommunications tycoon, Thaksin, was also toppled in a 2006 coup and has lived in self-exile to avoid a 2008 conviction for graft that he said was politically motivated.

    “I just learned that (Yingluck) did not show up,” the head of the junta, Prayuth Chan-ocha, told reporters. “I have ordered border checkpoints to be stepped up,” he said, including local and major routes out of the country.

    Local media reported that Yingluck left the country on Thursday for Singapore where Thaksin was living. Two sources close to Yingluck, including a member of her political party, confirmed she was outside Thailand, according to Reuters news agency, although they did not say where.

    The Guardian could not immediately verify the reports.

    There were fears that a guilty verdict for charges of negligence in a controversial rice subsidies scheme would lead to confrontations between Yingluck supporters and the police. Yingluck faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted and a life ban from politics under the new military-drafted constitution.

    The government had ordered more than 4,000 police and army officers to surround the court and warned against demonstrations.

    After the court adjourned, there was confusion in the crowd of Yingluck supporters outside who had expected to see the political icon appear.

    “What?” said a 75-year-0ld woman when told the court considered Yingluck to be a fugitive. “She won’t flee because she fights hard. She’s a working woman and a strong woman.”

    The woman, who came from the poorer north-eastern rural province of Isaan that is Shinawatra’s support base, asked not to give her name as police were nearby.

    Officers then asked the supporters to go home, saying they violated a junta-imposed law banning political gatherings of more than five people.

    In a Facebook post on Thursday, Yingluck had asked her followers to stay home, fearing people with “ill-intentions” might cause trouble against them. “I want all of you to give me support by staying home and monitoring the news to avoid any risk of an unexpected incident by people with ill-intention against the country and us,” she said.

    The Shinawatra family is a hugely influential political dynasty that is loved by many of Thailand’s rural poor but hated by many of the royalist and military elite in Bangkok.

    The junta has tried to quash all dissent, outlawing political gatherings and locking up critics and opposition politicians. The Shinawatra party, Puea Thai, has won every election since 2001.

    A rice subsidy scheme, which paid farmers nearly twice the market rate for their crop, was seen by Yingluck’s foes as handing billions of dollars to her voter base as well as unsold mountains of rotten rice. Losses amounted to more than £6bn, according to the government.

    Anger against the policy led to street protests in 2013-14 that eventually overthrew Yingluck’s government. The former leader, whose family is on one side of a decade-old struggle, has said she is the victim of “a subtle political game”.

    A military-backed legislature found Yingluck guilty in a separate impeachment case in 2015, and banned her from politics for five years.

    Police had set up barricades and a checkpoint outside the supreme court and the prime minister has said the administration wanted to avoid trouble.

    “The government is worried about the people. We don’t want to use force,” Prayuth told reporters.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-show-in-court

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    Mind you, who can blame her?

    BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Bangkok court sentenced a former Thai commerce minister to 42 years in jail on Friday after finding him guilty of falsifying government-to-government rice deals between Thailand and China.

    The verdict in the case against Boonsong Teriyapirom comes hours after former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show up at the Supreme Court for the verdict in a negligence case brought against her over the same rice scheme which her government introduced in 2011.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-t...-idUSKCN1B50TP

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    There's not even the faintest hint of justice in any of this so she's done the right thing.

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    Their new life begins.......

    Thaksin goes to the market to buy groceries



    Yingluck gets ready for work as an air hostess for Qatar Airways.


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    We don't know as of yet.

    Don't be jumping the gun.

    Running the gambit of gossipy speculation.
    Especially from those who haven't a clue towards Thai affairs.

    Pretending to be the in-crowd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    We don't know as of yet.

    Don't be jumping the gun.

    Running the gambit of gossipy speculation.
    Especially from those who haven't a clue towards Thai affairs.

    Pretending to be the in-crowd.
    Go tell that to the world whose major media news right now is this story that Yingluck has fled to Singapore. In crowd. I've been posting on other forums about Thai politics for years, decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Yingluck's done a runner
    What time did your flight land?

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    I wonder if they'll fuck up the extradition paperwork like they have for that killer playboy?

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    Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show Friday for the verdict in her show trial by the military junta which seized power three years ago. The Supreme Court postponed its ruling, almost certainly a conviction, and issued an arrest warrant.

    Shinawatra undoubtedly feared the dictatorship's notion of "justice." In the same case the commerce and deputy commerce ministers in her government were sentenced to an astonishing 42 year and 36 years in prison, respectively. Of course, the trial never was fair. It was orchestrated by Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha. Installed as prime minister at the head of the self-proclaimed National Council for Peace and Order, he is a comic figure highly sensitive to criticism and with delusions of grandeur. But he brooks no opposition.

    He declared himself to have a “democratic heart” while arresting students for making the three-finger salute popularized in the Hunger Games movie. Last year the dictator, who after ousting the elected government composed a song on happiness for his countrymen, brought criminal charges against those who used Facebook to mock his manifold foibles. “They can’t make fun of me” the very unhappy generalissimo declared. To even share or “like” a parody of the great man is deemed illegal. Such is the regime’s vigilance that a 14-year-old boy was arrested in May for alleged lese majeste, a crime often charged against democracy advocates.


    The generalissimo’s determination to stay in power after failing to act on his promise to restore democracy is reflected in the prosecution of Shinawatra in a criminal case involving a pork barrel rice subsidy scheme she implemented after being elected prime minister in 2011. It was bad policy, not illicit corruption, and the junta’s puppet legislature previously used “retrospective impeachment” to convict her of negligence and ban her from politics through 2019.

    However, the dictator obviously remains afraid of the populist movement created by Shinawatra’s brother, Thaksin, who was elected prime minister in 2001, only to be ousted by the military in 2006. Thaksin Shinawatra horrified the urban elite by creating an electoral majority built on strong support among the rural poor. But the military’s post-coup attempt to rig the electoral process against democracy failed. Although Thaksin Shinawatra remained in exile, his party won successive elections, making Yingluck Shinawatra prime minister in 2011. However, Bangkok remained an opposition bastion and her opponents turned out mobs which made the country almost ungovernable.

    Opposition politicians invited a coup, but were shocked when the military refused to turn the country over to them after ousting Yingluck Shinawatra. Generalissimo Chan-ocha preached happiness while jailing his opponents, demanding “attitude adjustments” of those in custody, and employing draconian lese majeste laws against critics and their family members. Last year the junta finally held a rigged referendum on a constitution drafted to ensure continued military dominance over Thai politics. But no elections have yet to be held under that flawed document.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/dougban.../#3be63e4c69a4

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    What are you wittering on about now Albert?

    I've met Yingluck.

    Have you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    I've met Yingluck.
    So that was you...


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    So that's two of these upstarts gone and not returning.

    Things can finally go back to how they were, and always should be.


    Just maybe get rid of a few more of them before allowing democratic elections again, just to be sure.

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    Of course she didn't do a runner - she was 'allowed' to depart, no doubt with some 'encouragement'. It's a win-win for the amaart - removes a figurehead and makes her look guilty, removes the possibility of loss of face, prevents the peasants revolting (for now), and paves the way for preparing an election farce in 2018 (though not absolutely necessary).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    So that's two of these upstarts gone and not returning.

    Things can finally go back to how they were, and always should be.


    Just maybe get rid of a few more of them before allowing democratic elections again, just to be sure.
    I'm afraid there's no putting that genie back in the bottle.

    One thing Squareface did which has changed the political climate in Thailand is give all the rice farmers access to mobile phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    I've met Yingluck.
    So that was you...

    Goodness gracious me.

    (Wobbles head).

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    Does Yingluk have any Dragon eggs ? If not she's fucked and will not rule the seven kingdoms.

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    Court seizes Yingluck’s 30-million baht bail bond

    The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions today ordered the seizure of ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra’s bail bond after she did not show up for court appearance to hear her verdict on the rice pledging scheme scam.

    The court considered her absence as an attempt to escape although she would earlier assigned her lawyer to notify the court that she could not attend the hearing of the verdict because she developed sickness from the imbalance of fluids in the ears.

    Her notification was forwarded to the court just one hour before the court session would start at 9.00am.

    According to Mr Cheep Julamont, a court judge handling the rice pledging scheme case, her lawyer forwarded the notification and asked for the adjournment of the annoucement of her verdict reasoning her sickness as an excuse.

    In the notification, she claimed she has dizziness and therefore could not travel to hear the verdict.

    But this was protested by the state attorney who argued that such reason is invalid to be absent from the court appearance, and there is no medical certification to verify her sickness.

    The state attorney said her absence indicated that she was attempting to escape.

    After hearing the attorney’s protest, the court ordered the seizure of her 30-million bail bond, and issued her arrest warrant.

    Court seizes [at]Yingluck's 30-million baht bail bond [at] - Thai PBS English News

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayZee View Post
    Of course she didn't do a runner - she was 'allowed' to depart, no doubt with some 'encouragement'. It's a win-win for the amaart - removes a figurehead and makes her look guilty, removes the possibility of loss of face, prevents the peasants revolting (for now), and paves the way for preparing an election farce in 2018 (though not absolutely necessary).
    +1 Hit the nail on the head Jay Zee

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    Quote Originally Posted by diverken View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JayZee View Post
    Of course she didn't do a runner - she was 'allowed' to depart, no doubt with some 'encouragement'. It's a win-win for the amaart - removes a figurehead and makes her look guilty, removes the possibility of loss of face, prevents the peasants revolting (for now), and paves the way for preparing an election farce in 2018 (though not absolutely necessary).
    +1 Hit the nail on the head Jay Zee
    Yep. No doubt about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Court seizes Yingluck’s 30-million baht bail bond

    The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions today ordered the seizure of ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra’s bail bond after she did not show up for court appearance to hear her verdict on the rice pledging scheme scam.

    The court considered her absence as an attempt to escape although she would earlier assigned her lawyer to notify the court that she could not attend the hearing of the verdict because she developed sickness from the imbalance of fluids in the ears.

    Her notification was forwarded to the court just one hour before the court session would start at 9.00am.

    According to Mr Cheep Julamont, a court judge handling the rice pledging scheme case, her lawyer forwarded the notification and asked for the adjournment of the annoucement of her verdict reasoning her sickness as an excuse.

    In the notification, she claimed she has dizziness and therefore could not travel to hear the verdict.

    But this was protested by the state attorney who argued that such reason is invalid to be absent from the court appearance, and there is no medical certification to verify her sickness.

    The state attorney said her absence indicated that she was attempting to escape.

    After hearing the attorney’s protest, the court ordered the seizure of her 30-million bail bond, and issued her arrest warrant.

    Court seizes [at]Yingluck's 30-million baht bail bond [at] - Thai PBS English News
    Oh yeah.

    I bet they jumped on that without delay.

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    If she has fled, hope they track down anyone and everyone who helped her flee and send them to prison for a long time. Still sadly as others have said this was likely allowed to happen.

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    The Thai Government really do lie like shit and really do little to disguise the fact, it just show cases how much they care regards being accountable to the people.

    And not only this Military Government but every other Government before them.

    Does anyone really Be-leave that the Powers do not know where she Is. ????

    I recon the only ones who believe that would be the Dumb Village people from up North that she bought off.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post

    I've met Yingluck.
    Doable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show Friday for the verdict in her show trial by the military junta which seized power three years ago.

    Shinawatra undoubtedly feared the dictatorship's notion of "justice."

    It was orchestrated by Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha.

    The generalissimo’s determination...

    However, the dictator obviously remains afraid of the populist movement created by Shinawatra’s brother, Thaksin, who was elected prime minister in 2001, only to be ousted by the military in 2006.

    Generalissimo Chan-ocha preached happiness while jailing his opponents, demanding “attitude adjustments” of those in custody, and employing draconian lese majeste laws against critics and their family members. Last year the junta finally held a rigged referendum on a constitution drafted to ensure continued military dominance over Thai politics. But no elections have yet to be held under that flawed document.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/dougban.../#3be63e4c69a4
    "If you are not with us you are against us."
    How many military coups have been exercised in Thailand for the last 50 years? And how many premiers have not been a generalissimo with military dominance?

    A simple answer: All the previous generalissimos were with us - not against us (but with China)...

    BTW, with whom is Thaksin?

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    Hooray get out, you corrupt bitch.
    I much prefer living under the Junta.
    An army controlled senate.
    A PM choosen not elected.
    The Shinawatra's have been banished from the feeding trough.
    Whoever rules this fair land it's same same but different.

    Nice graphic from the Bangkok Post here. The crab flees.


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