Thailand's Ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra Flees To Dubai: Party Members

Supporters of Thailand dance outside the Supreme Court after Yingluck failed to show up to hear the verdict

Defence minister Prawit Wongsuwan said security forces had not allowed Ms Yingluck to leave and were checking possible routes she may have used.

The judge says the court did not believe the explanation and would issue a warrant for her arrest.

Sources told the Bangkok Post newspaper the politician likely obtained a Cambodian passport, traveled by land to Cambodia, then flew to Singapore and then onto Dubai.

Supporters present flowers to Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra upon her arrival at the Thai Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, July 21, 2017.

During the trial, she denied charges of criminal negligence in connection with her government's rice-pledging scheme, which resulted in losses of some 500 billion baht (about $15 billion) for the country.

Bangkok- Hundreds of former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra had gathered outside the court, on Friday, where about 4,000 police had been deployed waiting for her arrival to be tried in a corruption case.

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In the wake of her failure to appear at the court to hear the verdict in the case against her Friday and apparent flight from justice, some have called on the military regime of Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to come clean and explain how Yingluck has managed to slip away unnoticed.

The court has scheduled a new verdict hearing for September 27.

A spokesman for Yingluck, who was ousted by a military coup in 2014, declined to comment.

But she stepped out of his shadow, displaying an unexpected resilience as protesters besieged her home and opponents clobbered her with a raft of court cases. This group of people wanted Miss Yingluck to flee the country and be out of politics for someone to be able to appoint a successor to their power.

"This morning I thought it was courageous of her to show up in court, but it turned out she did not".

It also means Yingluck doesn't become a martyr, as she could have done if she had been jailed over the costly rice subsidy scheme, or get let off lightly, which could have raised awkward questions over why the military overthrew her in 2014. "She has arrived safely and is there now", a senior member of the Shinawatras' party told Reuters.

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"This will embolden the military government because they did not have to put her in jail", said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, the director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University.

Thaksin, who once owned Manchester City football club, owns property in London and spends significant amounts of time in the city.

The junta pushed through reforms ostensibly to curb corruption and money politics by limiting the power of elected politicians, but clearly aimed at keeping Thaksin and his allies from power.

The government says the subsidy created a stockpile of 17.8 million tons of rice it couldn't export at a price commensurate with what it had paid farmers. He says they want to give Yingluck moral support "because she truly cared and helped us out".

The Supreme Court sentenced Yingluck's former commerce minister, Boonsong Teriyapirom, to 42 years in jail after finding him guilty of falsifying government-to-government rice deals between Thailand and China in 2013.

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