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Ex-PM Yingluck's passports revoked

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has all Thai passports revoked by the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. (Bangkok Post file photo)

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The Foreign Ministry has cancelled all four passports known to be held by Yingluck Shinawatra.

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Ex-PM Yingluck's passports revoked

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The Foreign Ministry has cancelled all four passports known to be held by Yingluck Shinawatra after the fugitive former prime minister failed to appeal a Supreme Court's ruling against her within 30 days.

The move is a part of police attempts to bring the former prime minister back to serve a jail term after the ruling in her trial over her government's rice-pledging scheme.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaks on Monday confirmed the revocation of the Thai passports of the former prime minister.

Details of the decision were unveiled earlier by deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul.

Pol Gen Srivara said the ministry had voided four passports belonging to the absconded former prime minister recently. These were two diplomatic passports and two ordinary passports, he added.

The ministry's decision followed a request by police who are trying to limit her ability to travel and to put pressure on her to come back to serve her sentence.

The police moved to request the revocation of Yingluck's passports after she failed to make an appeal to the assembly of the Supreme Court judges within 30 days of the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions' ruling to jail her.

The court sentenced her on Sept 27 to five years in jail for failing to stop false and corrupt government-to-government rice sales under the scheme. The ruling was made in absentia as Yingluck fled the country before the judgement.

The deadline for the former prime minister to file an appeal expired on Friday.

Yingluck's lawyer Norawit Lalaeng earlier said the former premier has not contacted him since she failed to turn up to hear the court ruling on Aug 25.

The court rescheduled the reading of the ruling for Sept 27, which she also failed to attend.

Her whereabouts remain unconfirmed so far, and police have enlisted Interpol's assistance in their attempts to locate her.

Yingluck reportedly fled to Dubai before travelling to London, where she is believed to have sought political asylum.

When reached by the Bangkok Post for comment, the United Kingdom's ambassador to Thailand Brian Davidson said, "I haven't heard of that and I have no comment on that; however, the Thai government has the authority over the passports of any Thai nationals."

He also denied knowledge of Yingluck's whereabouts.

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Vocabulary:

abscond : to escape from a place that you are not allowed to leave without permission - หลบหนี

ambassador : a senior official who lives in a foreign country and represents his or her own country there - เอกอัครราชทูต

appeal : to make a request that a court change a decision of a lower court - ยื่นอุทธรณ์

assembly : a group of people who have been elected or chosen in order to discuss issues and make decisions - สภา, สมัชชา

assistance : help; aid - ความช่วยเหลือ

authority : the power to make decisions or tell people what to do - อำนาจ, อำนาจในการสั่งการ

chief : a person with a high rank or the highest rank in a company or an organisation - หัวหน้า, ผู้นำ

deadline : a time or day by which something must be done - เส้นตาย

denied (verb): said that something is not true or did not happen - ปฏิเสธ

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

details : small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation - รายละเอียด

diplomatic : relating to relations between countries - เกี่ยวกับการทูต

enlist : to ask for and get help or support from someone - ขอความช่วยเหลือ

expire : to come to an end or stop being in use - หมดอายุ

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

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

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

in absentia : while not present at the event being referred to - ไม่อยู่, ไม่ปรากฏตัว

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

jail (verb): to put somebody in prison - จำคุก

jail term : the length of time a person is required to spend in jail -

judge : someone whose job is to make decisions in a court of law - ตุลาการ, ผู้พิพากษา

judgement : the decision of a court or a judge; a verdict - พิพากษา

lawyer : an attorney - ทนาย

limit : to stop something from increasing beyond a particular amount or level - จำกัด

locate : to find where someone or something is - หาทำเล,หาที่ตั้ง

national : a citizen of a particular country - ประชาชน

ordinary : not unusual or different in any way - ธรรมดา, ปกติ

political asylum : the right to stay in a country, given by a government to protect someone who has escaped from war or political trouble in their own country - การลี้ภัย

pressure (noun): trying to make someone do something by forcing, threatening, or persuading them in a determined way - ความกดดัน, แรงกระตุ้น, การบีบบังคับ

reportedly : as reported (often used for showing that you are not certain that something you are reporting is true) - ตามที่รายงาน

reschedule : to change the time at which something has been arranged to happen, especially so that it takes place later - จัดตารางเวลาใหม่, เปลี่ยนตารางใหม่

revocation : officially saying that something is no longer legal - การยกเลิก การเพิกถอน

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

scheme : a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ

sentence : (of a court of law) to officially state what someone's punishment will be - พิพากษา, ตัดสินลงโทษ

serve a sentence : to spend time in prison as a punishment - มารับโทษจำคุก

sought (past tense of seek) : tried to get/do something; asked for something - พยายามได้, พยายามได้มา

spokeswoman/spokesman : a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organisation - โฆษก

supreme court : the highest court in a country - ศาลฎีกา, ศาลสูงสุด

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

trial : the process of examining a case in a court of law and deciding whether someone has or has not committed a crime - การพิจารณาคดี

turn up : to come somewhere - มาถึง

unveil : to announce something that was not known before - เปิดเผยข้อมูล

void : to end something officially or by law, to invalidate - ทำให้เป็นโมฆะ

whereabouts : where someone is - ที่อยู่,สถานที่,ตำแหน่งที่

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