Yingluck gets Serbian citizenship

10-Aug-2019 Intellasia | BangkokPost | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was sentenced in Thailand to five years in prison on graft-related charges, has received Serbian citizenship.

The state news agency Tanjug reported Thursday that the Serbian government granted her the citizenship “because it could be in the interest of Serbia”. Serbian officials did not comment on the reason behind the decision.

A government decree confirming Yingluck was granted citizenship was published in June in Serbia’s official gazette.

With the Serbian passport, she can travel without a visa to over 100 countries, including most members of the European Union.

Yingluck fled Thailand in 2017 days before she was convicted of failing to prevent corruption in a rice subsidy programme that ultimately cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of baht. She and her supporters say the case was politically motivated.

She skipped bail and reportedly went to London via Dubai, where her billionaire brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, resides in self-imposed exile after fleeing Thailand also facing corruption charges.

Her current whereabouts are unknown but she has been spotted frequently in London.

Both Thaksin and Yingluck headed elected governments that were toppled in military coups Thaksin in 2006 and Yingluck in 2014. Thaksin has citizenship of another Balkan country, Montenegro, which he received in 2009.



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