Escaped from Thailand’s ex-Prime Minister was able to leave the neighboring country

© RIA Novostirussia Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra. Archival photoEscaped from Thailand’s ex-Prime Minister was able to leave the neighboring country© RIA Novosti

Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who has not appeared on Friday in court for sentencing on charges of negligence and connivance of corruption in the performance of the subsidized rice program of Deposit in 2011-2014, most likely, is not in a neighbouring country, said on Friday Deputy Prime Minister for security and Minister of defense of Thailand, General Rules Wongsuwan.

«She probably already is not in one of the countries neighbouring Thailand, she probably went on in neighboring countries,» — said Deputy Prime Minister in the evening news of the TV channel Thai PBS.

He also said that «not going to fire from a senior police officer who, according to rumors, helped Yingluck Shinawatra to leave the country without proper immigration procedures».

Earlier media, citing a source in law enforcement agencies reported that Yingluck Shinawatra went on Wednesday to the island of Koh Chang (Ko Chang), relating to the province of Trat, located on the East coast of Thailand. From there, the former Prime Minister accompanied by senior police officer allegedly flew by helicopter in Cambodia, from where it went by the regular flight to Singapore.

«The Singapore authorities have already told us that in their country Yingluck Shinawatra was not entered», — told reporters the Vice-Premier Wongsuwan.

According to rumors spread in Bangkok on Wednesday evening, Shinawatra might be in Dubai, where her elder brother Thaksin Shinawatra, also a former Prime Minister overthrown by the military, resides in exile after the Supreme court of Thailand sentenced him to two years in prison for insider real estate deal, which was conducted by his wife.

According to media reports, Thaksin Shinawatra, the de facto leader of the Thai opposition also regularly happens in London and Singapore, where he has a house and business. Shinawatra lives on the passport of Montenegro citizenship which he received as a major investor in the economy of the country.

Before leaving politics in 1997, Thaksin Shinawatra, the self-built the largest in Southeast Asia telecommunications business, was one of the richest men in the Asia-Pacific region, with a personal wealth amounting to more than $ 18 billion. After the military coup of 2006 that overthrew its democratically elected government, after the departure into exile Shinawatra is back in business and is now engaged in large investment projects in several countries of the world.