Thailand’s Ex-PM Yingluck flees as arrest threat looms

Aug 25, 2017, 5:04 AM EDT
Thailand’s ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces a possible 10-year jail.
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Thailand’s ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who faces a possible 10-year jail term in a negligence trial, failed to show up for the verdict on Friday, prompting the court to issue an arrest warrant fearing she is a flight risk.

The court refused to accept Shinawatra’s ill health as the reason for her absence and rescheduled the verdict for September 27, writes the BBC.

According to the sources close to Shinawatra’s party, she left Thailand ahead of the much-awaited ruling although the head of Thailand's immigration police chief dismissed the speculations, saying that the former prime minister has not exited any of the country’s border check points, notes Al Jazeera.