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Thailand's ex-minister president in exile in Dubai

Saturday, August 26th, 2017 | World News

Bangkok (dpa) – Thailand's arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, according to her party, has fled to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

On Friday, the 50-year-old had burst the verdict in a lawsuit for wasting tax dollars billions. The trial had not proceeded properly, so it does not make sense to make a verdict, said a high-ranking member of her Pheu-Thai Party of the German Press Agency on Saturday.

Yingluck threatens a term of imprisonment of up to ten years. The verdict is now to be announced on September 27th. The former government is charged with having wasted with state subsidies for rice – a basic foodstuff in Thailand – billions. Yingluck rejected all allegations as "political machinations".

According to information from the US broadcaster CNN, Yingluck has set off on Wednesday, two days before the planned verdict. According to other media reports, she was already fled from Thailand to the neighboring country of Cambodia last week and then escaped to Dubai via Singapore.

Yingluck is the sister of the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was sentenced in 2008 for abuse of office. Thaksin also fled abroad. He lives in his own chosen exile in Dubai and London.

 Yingluck was elected Prime Minister in 2011 as the first woman in the history of the Southeast Asian kingdom. In May 2014, the Constitutional Court dismissed them. Shortly thereafter the military came to power. The generals rule to this day.

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