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The Supreme Court issued a warrant for the arrest of former prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday after she failed to appear for the ruling in her rice-pledging trial, pleading a health problem.


As thousands of supporters gathered near the court in Laksi district, the judges rejected her explanation she was suffering from vertigo after her lawyer failed to present a medical certificate.


The court also ordered the seizure of her 30-million-baht bail bond. On Thursday Ms Yingluck told her supporters via Facebook to stay at home on Friday and not go to the court.


Reports said she was last seen when making merit at Wat Rakhang Kositaram in Bangkok on Wednesday.








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Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has left Thailand and is unlikely to be in any of the neighbouring countries, Deputy Premier and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan confirmed hours after the Supreme Court issued a warrant for her arrest on Friday.


He said authorities of Singapore, where Yingluck was rumoured to have flown to, had told their Thai counterparts that she had not entered that


“We don’t know exactly in which country Yingluck is now,†General Prawit said. Prawit, who is in charge of the police force, said he would not dismiss a high-ranking police officer rumoured to have helped Yingluck flee the country.


There was speculation that the former prime minister could have fled to Cambodia, Singapore, Hong Kong or Dubai.


A security source said Yingluck went to Koh Chang in the eastern seaboard province of Trat and flew in a helicopter to Phnom Penh, from where she reportedly took a chartered plane to Singapore.


She was accompanied by a senior state official who helped facilitate her departure without having to pass proper immigration process, according to the source.





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