Report points finger at police officer for helping Yingluck flee into Cambodia

politics September 24, 2017 01:00

By The Sunday Nation

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AN official police report states that a senior metropolitan police officer helped ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra to flee ahead of the Supreme Court’s scheduled reading of its verdict in her criminal case.

According to the report submitted to Pol General Srivara Rangsibhamkul, the deputy national police chief, Pol Colonel Chairit Anurit, a deputy chief of the Bangkok Metropolitan Police, was instrumental in helping Yingluck to leave the country via the Thai-Cambodian border last month. 

Chairit told investigators that on August 23 at around 6.20pm he drove a police car to wait for a car carrying Yingluck to appear at a Tesco Lotus branch in Bangkok’s Soi Watcharaphol area. Shortly afterwards, a Black Mercedes with Yingluck as a passenger arrived at the scene and sped towards Chaiyapeuk Housing Estate in the nearby area.

Chairit’s car was waiting in front of Soi 23 of the housing estate. Shortly afterwards, another Toyota Camry with the Nor Yor 2123 licence plate appeared. Yingluck tranferred to this vehicle, which was later driven to Chairit’s house. Chairit himself also drove his police car to his house.

According to the police report, another two police officers also helped Yingluck to exit the country via the Thai-Cambodian border on August 23, two days before the Supreme Court was due to read its verdict.