Runaway ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra is believed to have been secretly driven by car to the border province of Sa Kaew before sneaking out of the country through casinos, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said Friday.
Yingluck’s flight came a day or two before the Supreme Court for Political Office Holders delivered its verdict on the ricepledging scheme that cost country billions of baht.
Prawit was speaking after police arrested three police officers and detained a car suspected of being involved in helping Yingluck flee the Kingdom.
“Deputy national police commissioner Pol General Srivara Ransibhramanakul, who talked to the three police officers, said one of them, had confessed that Yingluck fled with a secretary to Sa Kaew’s Aranyaprathet district,” Prawit said.
The car that was used in the BangkokSa Kaew trip was now in police custody, Prawit said, adding after leaving Sa Kaew, they were picked up by another car that had still not yet been found.
They arrived in Aranyaprathet late at night, he added, when all the border checkpoints were closed.
Prawit conceded there were several ways Yingluck could have used to leave the country but added: “She is suspected of sneaking out of through one of the casinos along the border.”