Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said Monday he was not worried after a private organisation petitioned the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for probe over the flight of ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra out of the country.
Gen Prawit’s reaction came after Srisuwan Janya, secretary-general of the Association of Thai Constitution Protection Organsiation, petitioned the NACC today, accusing senior government officials’ failure to prevent Yingluck from fleeing the country.
In the petition, he held Gen Prawit and national police chief responsible for Yingluck’s escape, saying this demonstrated negligence of official duties under the anti-graft and related laws.
But Gen Prawit reaffirmed that authorities had performed their duties at best.
Gen Prawit said the latest Defence Council meeting did not discuss Yingluck’s escape.
Yingluck’s escape was unexpected because she earlier always insisted that she would not flee and there were police in front of her house all the time, he said.
He also said he didn’t know where she had fled to or she would seek political asylum in the UK.
How could the authorities know when and where she would flee, he said in response to a reporter who asked how she managed to escape despite that security authorities had monitored Yingluck’s every movement even when she went to temples to make merit.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)