Thailand has asked the United Kingdom to confirm that ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra is residing in Britain, following the release last week of photos purportedly showing her shopping in London, PM Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday.
Prayut added that he has no further information on the photographs or her whereabouts.
Yingluck vanished from Thailand last August before she was expected to hear the final verdict in a case stemming from her government’s rice-pledging scheme
The verdict was postponed for a month, when she was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Various sources have pointed to the UK is a likely refuge for Yingluck, given that her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, owns a residence and several businesses there.
Last week, local media released two photos of a woman shopping in London and Oxford. While the woman’s features are not clearly seen, she appeared to resemble Yingluck.
A day later, Facebook page @secret100million posted a photo showing a woman who looks like Yingluck and a boy, who resembles her 15-year-old son Supasek Amornchat, in a shopping mall in London.
Thaksin and his children spent their New Year holidays in Japan. They have not commented on the photos.