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Yingluck’s Request to Visit Brother in Hong Kong Denied by Thai Junta



Yingluck Shinawatra gets a kiss from her son while celebrating the Thai New Year

Yingluck Shinawatra gets a kiss from her son at a celebration

CHIANG MAI – Thailand’s Military Government, the National Council for Peace has denied former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra permission to travel to Hong Kong to ensure she is in the country to face criminal charges later this month, a government spokesman said.
Spokesman Sunsern Kaewkumnerd said the attorney general will submit a subpoena to the Supreme Court on Feb. 19, and wants Yingluck to be present for that.

Yingluck had asked for permission to leave from Feb 8th until Feb. 22, to visit her Brother.

“The suspect (Yingluck) must be present for the first process of the case otherwise the case cannot proceed,” Sunsern said.

Yingluck’s lawyer, Norawit Laleng, said it was not necessary for her to appear in court for at least two months while prosecutors consider the case and chose judges to oversee it.

“If the NCPO (junta) denies her permission to travel using her court case as an excuse, then it is a violation of her basic rights,” Norawit said.

Thailand has been tense since Yingluck’s impeachment in January. Two bombs rattled a luxury shopping mall a week ago, and Thai media reported yesterday that the government had confiscated banners from students ahead of an annual university football match.

Yingluck’s supporters say the charges against her are an attempt to limit the political influence of her brother, ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha declined to reply to a reporter’s question on former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra not being allowed to leave the country.

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