The search for Yingluck

2 09 2017

As we have pointed out in several posts, Yingluck Shinawatra is actually missing. In the absence of any statement from her, commentators have been guessing as to where she is. Most follow the unnamed Puea Thai Party sources that said she was in Dubai. The military junta initially said this as well.

In recent days, this narrative have been wound back.

Police now say that are “investigating” her disappearance and that those “investigations” are  “making progress.”

The police are diligently making DNA tests – something they are usually not very good at – of “suspicious vehicles,” one of which is one of their own vehicles, guessing that one of these vehicles spirited her away.

The police also say they have “investigated” Yingluck’s online posts prior to her disappearance and have interviewed persons close to her.

Their conclusion at this stage is that “[t]here has been no evidence so far to show she has fled or is still within the country…”.

In other words, she could be in Thailand or somewhere else in the world…. That is what the police call “making progress” on “investigations.”

The police do say that “Interpol officers in Cambodia, Singapore, and Dubai” have “confirmed they had no evidence of Yingluck entering these countries” and that “border police had not found any trace of her slipping through the borders…”. They mean official border posts.

Meanwhile, Army chief and junta member General Chalermchai Sitthisart “said the junta had not abandoned their hope of finding Yingluck and he was not worried that the ongoing inquiry would cause [political] unrest.”

Yingluck’s family remain mum and the “investigations” have an air of Keystone Cops, but the mystery surrounding Yingluck’s no-show and her invisible political presence is a fillip for her supporters.


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1 01 2018
What not to forget about 2017 | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] and worked hard to destroy the political influence of Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra. In 2017, Yingluck went on the lam just prior to the judiciary sentencing her. There was never any doubt that she was to be found […]

1 01 2018
What not to forget about 2017 | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] and worked hard to destroy the political influence of Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra. In 2017, Yingluck went on the lam just prior to the judiciary sentencing her. There was never any doubt that she was to be found […]