Thai Junta leader has accused of helping Yingluck Shinawatra escape

Vastavam web: Thailand’s deputy junta leader has accused three police officers of helping sneak ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of the country last month, a vanishing act that stunned the kingdom.Yingluck, whose government was toppled by the military in 2014, has not been seen since August 25, when she failed to turn up for a court verdict in her criminal negligence trial.Thailand’s junta says it was unaware she was planning to escape something many Thais have found difficult to believe given the round-the-clock surveillance Yingluck frequently complained of.

Authorities interrogated three police officers this week after seizing a car that was allegedly used to drive Yingluck to the border with Cambodia, from where she is believed to have flown to a third country.”They said they received the order (to help her escape),” Prawit Wongsuwon, the junta’s number two, said of the police officers yesterday.Prawit refused to elaborate on who masterminded the plot.”I will not tell the media but the person who ordered it is in Thailand,” he said, adding that Yingluck was unlikely to have crossed into Cambodia through a formal checkpoint. Yingluck’s whereabouts remain unknown, but there are widespread reports she has joined her brother Thaksin, who was also toppled in a 2006 coup, in Dubai. The siblings are massively popular among the rural poor and have dominated elections for more than a decade.But they are loathed by Thailand’s elite and its military allies, who have battered the Shinawatra dynasty with a series of protests, coups and court rulings.Analysts said the generals feared that jailing Yingluck could unleash protests among her fervent supporters.