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Yingluck is in Dubai, PM says -- Maybe not says Reuters (Updated)

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is currently in the United Arab Emirates. A Reuters' source, however, says she is in London.

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PM Prayut says fugitive Yingluck is in Dubai

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is currently in the United Arab Emirates.

"I have learned unofficially from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that she is in Dubai," Gen Prayut told reporters, adding that the ministry has been tracking Yingluck's whereabouts.

"The police will now have to proceed and coordinate with the Foreign Ministry and Interpol," he added.

Yingluck failed to appear for the Court's ruling on Aug 25th, and is believed to have fled the country. Gen Prayut said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was taking steps to have her passport revoked.

He said he had no emotional reaction to the news that the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions had sentenced Yingluck to five years in jail for failing to stop falsified and corruption-plagued government-to-government sales of rice from her rice-pledging scheme.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon also said that Yingluck is in Dubai, a country with which Thailand has no extradition agreement.

He added that authorities in Dubai had informed the Thai Foreign Affairs Ministry that they had asked Yingluck not to engage in any political activities while in the country.

Update

However, Reuters reported that according to a source in the UAE, Yingluck left Dubai for London on Sept. 11.

On Thursday afternoon, police searched Yingluck's house on Soi Yothin Pattana 3 in Bung Kum district, Bangkok.

Leading the search, deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said police were making an official confirmation that Yingluck was not present, and also collecting evidence – including DNA samples – to assist in their search for her whereabouts. He expected DNA results in a few days.


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Vocabulary:

appear : to be seen; to start to be seen - ปรากฏตัว

assist : to help - ช่วย

authorities : people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

coordinate : one of a set of numbers that give the exact position of something on a map or graph - พิกัด, คู่อันดับซึ่งแสดงตำแหน่งของจุดในระนาบ

currently : at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน

deputy : a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

emotional : related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - มีอารมณ์

engage in : to take part in a particular activity - มีส่วนร่วมใน

evidence : facts, signs or objects that make you believe that something is true - หลักฐาน,ข้อแสดง

extradition : sending someone accused of a crime back to the country where the crime was committed for trial or punishment - การส่งผู้ร้ายข้ามแดน

falsified : changed in order to deceive people - ปลอมแปลงเพื่อหลอกลวง

fled (past of flee) : escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there - หนีไป

former : of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน

fugitive (noun): someone who has been accused of doing something illegal and is trying to avoid being caught by the police - ผู้หลบหนี

Interpol : an international organization that enables the police forces of different countries to help each other to solve crimes - องค์การตำรวจสากล

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (noun): The ministry in charge of maintaining relations with other countries and looking after the interests of its citizens living abroad. - กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ

plagued : caused a lot of problems for someone or something for a long period of time - ทำให้ยุ่งยาก ลำบากมานาน

political (adj): connected with the state, government or public affairs - เกี่ยวกับการเมือง, เกี่ยวกับการปกครอง, เกี่ยวกับการเมือง

proceed : to carry out an activity - ดำเนินการ

reaction : the way you behave or respond as a result of something that happens - ปฏิกิริยาตอบโต้

reporters (noun): people whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว

revoke : to officially say that something is no longer legal, e.g., a contract, a law, a document, etc. - เพิกถอน

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

ruling  (noun): a judgement; a decision by a court of law - คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด

sample : a small amount of a substance that is used for scientific or medical tests - ตัวอย่างทดลอง

search (verb): to look somewhere carefully in order to find someone/something - ค้นหา

sentence  : (of a court of law) to give a punishment - ลงโทษ

source : someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว

Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions : 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

track (verb): to try to follow and find someone or something - ตามรอย

unofficially (adv): not official, done, but not yet official; that does not have permission or approval from somebody in authority - อย่างไม่เป็นทางการ

whereabouts : where someone is - ที่อยู่,สถานที่,ตำแหน่งที่

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