The wife of deposed Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has arrived in London to join her husband, as graft probes were launched against him in Bangkok.
A Thai Airways flight carrying Pojaman Shinawatra, who is widely believed to have exerted great influence over her husband’s activities, flew into London’s Heathrow airport after flying from Bangkok, said an airline spokesman.
She had been confirmed to be on board the flight, along with her housekeeper and a close friend, by the chief of immigration in Bangkok, Lieutenant general Suwat Thamrongsrisakul.
Much of the billionaire politician’s wealth is held by her and their three children.
Thaksin was in New York for the UN general Assembly when the military seized power during the night of September 19. He then went to London, where he maintains a residence and where one of his daughters is studying.
His two other children are believed to be in Thailand.
The new ruling junta has moved quickly to open investigations into alleged corruption by Thaksin’s government and have threatened to seize the assets of anyone found guilty of wrongdoing.