BANGKOK, Thailand — The Thai government has claimed that it is making good progress on the investigation into the sudden disappearance of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, but refused to disclose details on it.

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan said he would wait for the right time before disclosing all the progress achieved in the investigation.

“The investigation on Yingluck’s escape route and her whereabouts has been making progress, but we cannot reveal it because we haven’t pieced together (all the evidence). I will tell everything when it’s clear,” he told the media, here, yesterday.

The former prime minister failed to appear in court last Friday to hear a verdict on allegations of negligence in the rice pledging scheme implemented during her administration, sparking speculation of her fleeing overseas to escape court action.

If found guilty, Yingluck, the younger sister of another former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, could be sentenced up to 10 years in prison.

Prawit, who is also Defence Minister and minister responsible for internal affairs, said the government had yet to receive any response from several foreign governments from which it sought assistance in the investigation into Yingluck’s disappearance.

Asked on the date for the general election, Prawit said it would adhere to the roadmap set by the government.

“The government does not set what date or what month (for the general election), but it follows the roadmap and the organic law. As of now, the process to enact the organic law has not finished,” he said.

His comments followed a statement by the country’s Election Commissioner who expected the general election to be held sometime in August, next year.

The much-awaited general election will signal Thailand’s return to democracy after the military seized power in May, 2014.


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