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Yingluck still uncertain over political asylum application

Fugitive former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is still waiting to hear if she will be granted political asylum status in the United Kingdom, a source from Pheu Thai Party said on Sunday.

The source confirmed that Yingluck had filed the request for political asylum in the UK after the Supreme Court released its guilty verdict against her in November for her part in the rice-pledging scheme case.
Yingluck fled the country in August just before the court was due to read its verdict. The court later sentenced her in absentia to five years in jail for neglecting her official duty while supervising the scheme, resulting in a massive financial losses to the state.
Photographs of Yingluck were circulated in local media and social media last week purporting to show her in London. Thai police have since confirmed the woman in the photos is Yingluck but have not been able to confirm when the photos were taken.
Thai officials revoked her four passports in late October so questions have been raised over which passport she used to gain entry into the UK.
The Pheu Thai Party source said Yingluck had no need to acquire a passport from any country for now because if her application for political asylum in the UK is successful she would be issued a passport or travel document which can be used from that date on.

Published : January 08, 2018

By : The Nation