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Conflicting theories about Yingluck escape after video of police pickup

SECURITY OFFICERS are now focusing on two vehicles that were seen entering and exiting former premier Yingluck Shinawatra’s residence on the day she disappeared, while another theory about the escape focuses on a police pickup.

A security source told Nation TV’s La Kwam Jing news team that a Toyota Vios and a Toyota Camry had been seen driving out of her residence at about 8pm on August 23, before returning at about 10am the following day.
However, there are conflicting theories about the escape, with some people focusing on the two Toyotas while others have said the most interesting vehicle was a police pickup that was seen leaving the house at about 9pm. 
Officers said they believed Yingluck had used one of the vehicles to escape before the reading of her court verdict last Friday, as the time lapse was equivalent to the time it would take to travel to the Thai-Cambodian border, according to the source.
When the news team checked on previous reports of her assets held by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in 2015, it found that a Toyota Vios was reported along with eight European cars. 
The two cars in question would have helped her elude officers’ who were watching her as she usually rode in a van, the source said.
Isra News Agency yesterday also released a clip showing several vehicles entering and exiting the residence, including a police pickup truck on August 23, suggesting her mode of escape. 
She was last seen on the morning of August 23 giving alms to monks and visiting a hotel with her entourage.
The news agency reported that Yingluck returned home on August 23 at around 2pm. About 20 trips were recorded of vehicles entering and exiting the house, including a Toyota Fortuner, a Honda Civic, an Isuzu pickup and a Nissan March. The report said the Fortuner belonged to Pinthongta Shinawatra, daughter of Yingluck’s brother Thaksin Shinawatra.
It is believed that Yingluck escaped on August 23 as no one has reported seeing her the following day. 
National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda refused to comment on the report, saying he had already assigned his deputy, Pol General Srivara Rangsibhramanakul, to handle the case.
Meanwhile, top officials, including Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, were silent on the issue and the Foreign Ministry said it was still in the dark regarding Yingluck’s whereabouts.
Foreign MinistryForeign Minister Don Pramudwinai said her location was still a mystery. He added that when Thai authorities know Yingluck’s location, they will ask for cooperation from the country where she is located. “However, as of now, we don’t know,” Don told reporters. 
He added that the ministry had already contacted countries that Yingluck was reported to have fled to. There have been many unconfirmed reports prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has been in self-imposed exile for years. Another possibility is the United Kingdom, where she reportedly plans to seek asylum.

Published : August 31, 2017