Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was apparently annoyed when asked by news reporters to comment on allegations that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra might have been helped by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to flee the country.
Ms Yingluck did not show up at at the Supreme Court on Friday (Aug 25) when a ruling on the rice-pledging case against her was initially set to be read out.
Who would do that? How could that happen? What made you think like this? Gen Prayut retorted.
The prime minister said he wanted the media not to pay attention to this matter. He said this matter was Ms Yingluck's personal affair, which would be handled by authorities concerned.
Gen Prayut said the authorities responsible for security affairs are investigating.
In investigating a people's travel outside the country, the authorities have to ask for information from the Foreign Ministry. If the ministry had no answer, then nobody would be able to do anything, he said.
Gen Prayut said he learned that Ms Yingluck had fled the country from the media, which had reported about her possible whereabouts. The Foreign Ministry will have to contact the countries reported by the media, he added.
He said that in checking the people's travels in and out of the country, the authorities are often accused of violating human rights.
We will have find out if they are any holes along the border for people to slip out. Don't blame anyone yet. Since this has happened, what we have to do is to take preventive measures, Gen Prayut said.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)