Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan spurned speculation on Friday that the military helped or allowed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave the country.
Speculation is rife that Yingluck might have fled after she failed to appear at the Supreme Court to hear the ruling in the rice-pledging case. It was also rumoured that the military might have had a role in her leaving the country.
Prawit said government security agencies had been monitoring both Yingluck’s movements and the national borders. Officials watching Yingluck’s residence have not seen her leave home in two days, he said, while admitting that she could have evaded their notice by using any of several departure routes out of Thailand.
Prawit said there was no clear indication as to which route she might use. He had heard unconfirmed reports that she entered Cambodia via Koh Chang, but he had nothing else to add since he’d been busy attending meetings.
Prawit declined to comment on a report that a senior government official had helped Yingluck flee the country on Wednesday night. Prawit said if that information proved to be true, the official must be disciplined and face legal action.
If the official were in the military, he’d be sacked immediately, Prawit added.