The Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday called on the government to immediately revoke the Thai passport of fugitive ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra, reasoning that any delay could backfire and tarnish the image of the military junta.
His call came as the government still did not take any action or give reason why it remains hesitant to revoke her passport although she has defied the court's ban to leave the country, and arrest warrant has been issued for her.
He said her escape and arrest warrant for refusal of court appearance met criteria for the revocation of passport.
He said explanation by the government that there is no rule to revoke and that it has to await final judgement by the court on September 27, would merely confuse the public.
But he said that if the government has other good reason, it should speak up straightly.
However Mr Abhisit went on saying that as far as he followed up information on her, there was not much progress in the government's attempt to find her.
He then warned that any delay in revoking her passport could backfire if it turned out that she is applying for political asylum.
In such case, the government itself could become a defendant as it has to answer the international communities what it has done to her that forced her to seek asylum.
Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan said he has not yet received information on her escape although the Foreign Ministry has notified all Thai embassies overseas.
At the same time, Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Rangsiphramanakul said authorities found evidence both in Bangkok and the provinces that she escaped on August 23, two days before the judgement day.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)