UK ‘lacks information’ on Yingluck

Fugitive ex-prime ministers Thaksin (left) and Yingluck Shinawatra, seen here at a restaurant serving Northeastern cuisine, continue to flaunt the good life of London on their social media accounts. (Photo. via Instagram)

Ex-foreign minister Kasit Piromya said Wednesday the government should provide the UK and international community with more detailed information to substantiate Bangkok’s request to extradite fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Mr Kasit, a supporter of the yellow-shirt People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) when it was at the height of influence against Thaksin Shinawatra 10 years ago, said he believes the UK lacks adequate information about her case.

“The government must confirm Yingluck’s case is not a political [witch-hunt]. It has to give details about [her administration’s] rice-pledging case and the damage it has caused the country, as well as the fact that a former minister is in prison in a related case,” he said.

He said the details would add weight to the extradition’s request, noting the government should coordinate with every country where Yingluck is known to have travelled.

Mr Kasit’s comments came after the government revealed it has sought her extradition from the UK, where she is believed to have been based since fleeing Thailand last year to avoid a jail sentence.

We can only imagine the response they may receive from the UK Foreign Office.

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