Fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra is now in Dubai, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha disclosed on Thursday.
Yingluck was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday after the Supreme Court found her guilty of negligence in the management of her government’s rice-pledging scheme.
Prayut said the Foreign Ministry had reported to him about Yingluck’s whereabouts.
Yingluck fled the country days before the court was scheduled to read the verdict on her case on August 25. The court rescheduled the verdict reading to Wednesday.
Reports said Yingluck fled the country to Cambodia, and then on to Singapore, before reaching Dubai where her brother and fugitive former premier Thaksin lives.
On Tuesday, Prayut revealed that he knew about Yingluck’s whereabouts as he had spies.
He had promised to reveal more details after the court had read the verdict. Before the court read its verdict on Wednesday, Prayut had only said that Yingluck was in a foreign country.
Regarding the court verdict, Prayut said: “I told you that the law is the law. Everyone is under the same law. When a verdict is issued all have to abide by it.”
Prayut said an arrest warrant would be issued for Yingluck and efforts made to have her extradited.
“But whether we can get her back depends on the country where she resides.”
“I don’t see any difficulty. Let the police do their jobs,” he said.
Prayut said the Foreign Ministry is in the process of revoking Yingluck’s passport.