No secret deal on Yingluck's escape, NCPO says

No secret deal on Yingluck's escape, NCPO says

Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra makes merit on Wednesday morning, August 23, the same day she allegedly fled the country. Authorities say there was no indication that she would make an escape. / Photo from Ms Yingluck's Facebook page.
Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra makes merit on Wednesday morning, August 23, the same day she allegedly fled the country. Authorities say there was no indication that she would make an escape. / Photo from Ms Yingluck's Facebook page.

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday denied growing speculation it had secretly agreed to allow ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to escape from the country ahead of the rice-pledging ruling last Friday.

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Regime denies Yingluck deal

Wassana Nanuam & Mongkol Bangprapa

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday denied growing speculation it had secretly agreed to allow ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to escape from the country ahead of the rice-pledging ruling last Friday.

The NCPO yesterday came out to defend itself after critics suggested it stood to lose more than it gained if Ms Yingluck was sentenced to jail for her role in the rice scheme. Critics suggested it turned a blind eye as she made her escape or even was complicit in her plans.

The allegations against the NCPO have emerged on both social and mainstream media as well as by word of mouth and come amid media reports, quoting Pheu Thai sources, claiming Ms Yingluck had arrived in Dubai and met her elder brother Thaksin. They also come as Cambodia's strongman Hun Sen denied she had passed through his country.

Ms Yingluck failed to show up at the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office-Holders for the ruling last Friday, prompting expressions of surprise by the prime minister and a concession by his deputy that officials may have helped her flee. The regime has since come under fire for permitting a security lapse enabling her escape or being part of her escape plan.

In response, NCPO spokesman Winthai Suvari said: "That was simply a personal opinion of those attempting to connect this with that, which should never happen as such speculation deals with accusations against a third party. It is not based on any proof or evidence but solely personal views."

A source in the NCPO said the NCPO wasn't aware of and didn't approve Ms Yingluck's escape from Thailand. The source said her escape would not benefit the NCPO, as shown by the harsh criticism it was now facing over her escape.

"We instead believe there were several gaps [in security measures] exploited by Ms Yingluck in her escape," the NCPO source said. It is believed Ms Yingluck and her team had planned her escape well ahead and waited for the right time to flee when security officials were convinced she would not run away, the source said.

According to the Khmer Times, Cambodia has denied allowing former prime minister Yingluck to transit through the country en route to Dubai after she fled the court judgement.

Prime Minister Hun Sen told a meeting of 5,000 factory workers in Phnom Penh "there was no record of Ms Yingluck coming through Cambodia".

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Vocabulary

  • accusations (noun): statements that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • allegations (noun): accusations - ข้อกล่าวหา
  • allow: to let somebody/something do something; to let something happen or be done - อนุญาต, ยอมรับ
  • amid: during the time when something else is happening - ท่ามกลาง
  • approve: to give official permission - อนุมัต
  • aware (adj): knowing that something exists, or to have knowledge or experience of a particular thing - ทราบ, รับรู้
  • benefit: to give an advantage to someone - มีประโยชน์ต่อ
  • claim: to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - อ้าง
  • complicit: involved in or knowing about something bad that happens   - เข้าไปเกี่ยวข้อง สมรู้ร่วมคิด
  • concession (noun): the act of admitting something is true - การยอมรับ
  • convinced: certain; sure - แน่ใจ, มั่นใจ
  • criticism: comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad - การวิจารณ์
  • critics: people who don’t like something and who state their opinion about it - นักวิจารณ์
  • deal (noun): a formal agreement, especially in business or politics - ข้อตกลง, การตกลงซื้อขาย, การซื้อขาย
  • deal with: to be about a subject - เกี่ยวกับ
  • defend: to say things to support someone or something - ปกป้อง
  • deny: to say that something is not true - ปฏิเสธ
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • elder: older - ที่อายุมากกว่า
  • emerge: to appear or to become recognised - โผล่ออกมา
  • en route: on the way; bound for; while travelling from/to a particular place - มุ่งหน้าไป, ระหว่างทางไปถึงจุดหมายปลายทาง
  • evidence: facts, signs or objects that make you believe that something is true - หลักฐาน,ข้อแสดง
  • exploit: to use for your own benefit - หาประโยชน์จาก
  • expression: things that people say, write or do in order to show their feelings, opinions and ideas - การแสดงความคิด, การแสดงออก
  • factory: a building or group of buildings where goods are made - โรงงาน
  • flee: to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger - หนี อพยพ
  • gain: to obtain or win something, especially something that you need or want - ได้รับ
  • gap (noun): a space where something is missing - ช่องโหว่, ช่องว่าง
  • harsh: strict, unkind and often unfair - อย่างรุนแรง
  • jail (noun): a prison - เรือนจำ, ห้องขัง, คุก
  • judgement: the decision of a court or a judge; a verdict - พิพากษา
  • mainstream media: traditional media such as newspapers and broadcasting media newspapers, television, radio, etc. - สื่อ
  • measures: actions that are intended to achieve or deal with something - มาตราการ
  • National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) (noun): The military-installed group ruling Thailand following the 2014 coup d'état - คณะรักษาความสงบแห่งชาติ
  • personal: your own; not belonging to or connected with anyone else - เป็นส่วนตัว
  • prompting: causing - ก่อให้เกิด
  • proof: information, documents, etc. that show that something is true - การพิสูจน์
  • quote: to repeat the words that someone else has said or written - ยกคำพูดมา
  • record: a written account of something that is kept so that it can be looked at and used in the future - การบันทึก, รายงาน
  • regime (noun): a government that controls a country - รัฐบาล
  • rice-pledging scheme: a government programme in which farmers sell rice to the government at a particular price, with the right to reclaim the rice if the market price goes higher - โครงการจำนำข้าว
  • role: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท
  • ruling  (noun): a judgement; a decision by a court of law - คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
  • scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ
  • security: protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
  • sentence: (of a court of law) to officially state what someone's punishment will be - พิพากษา, ตัดสินลงโทษ
  • show up: to arrive at a place - แสดงตัว, ปรากฏตัว
  • solely: only; not involving somebody/something else - แต่ผู้เดียว
  • source: someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว
  • sources (noun): people who give information - แหล่งข่าว
  • speculation: ideas or discussion about why something has happened or what might happen - คาดการณ์ ประเมิณสถานการณ์
  • strongman (noun): a leader who uses threats or violence to rule a country - ผู้ที่มีอำนาจหรืออิทธิพลสูงสุด
  • suggest: to show that something is possibly true - ชวนคิด
  • Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office-Holders (noun): a trial court in a case where the Prime Minister, a minister, member of the House of Representatives, senator or other political official is accused of becoming unusually wealthy, committing crimes with in office, performing duties dishonestly, or being corrupted according to other laws. - ศาลฎีกา แผนกคดีอาญาของผู้ดำรงตำแหน่งทางการเมือง
  • third party: a person or group who is involved in a situation in addition to the two main people or groups involved - บุคคลภายนอก
  • transit: to move something from one place to another - ส่งผ่าน
  • turned a blind eye (idiom): failed to pay attention to; to pretend that you have not noticed or do not know about something - เพิกเฉย
  • view: a personal opinion, belief, or attitude about a particular situation or subject - ความคิดเห็น
  • word of mouth (idiom): when people start telling each other something they have heard - การบอกเล่าแบบปากต่อปาก, การบอกต่อ, การเล่าสู่กันฟัง
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