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Thai court issues second arrest warrant for fugitive former PM Yingluck

BANGKOK, Oct 5 (Reuters) - A Thai criminal court has issued
a second arrest warrant for former prime minister Yingluck
Shinawatra, who fled the country weeks ago before she was
sentenced to jail in absentia, police said on Thursday.

The warrant, issued on Wednesday, was for violating the
immigration law, deputy police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul
told reporters.

Yingluck fled abroad in August fearing that the military
government, set up after a coup in 2014, would seek a harsh
sentence. It remains unclear how she left the country.

Last week, the Supreme Court convicted and sentenced
Yingluck in absentia to five years in jail for mismanaging a
rice subsidy scheme that cost the country billions of dollars.

Throughout her trial, Yingluck said she was innocent and not
responsible for the day-to-day running of the scheme, arguing
that she was a victim of political persecution.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief who led the
2014 coup against Yingluck's government, recently said Thailand
would pursue her through diplomatic channels and police
cooperation, using Interpol.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaks told
reporters on Thursday the ministry was working on revoking
Yingluck's Thai passport.

She added that the ministry had no information on whether
Yingluck was seeking political asylum.

Last week, Thai police raided Yingluck's home in eastern
Bangkok, armed with a search warrant.

The military government said last week she was in Dubai. But
a source in the United Arab Emirates said Yingluck left Dubai
for London on Sept. 11, without giving details.

(Reporting by Aukkarapon Niyomyat; Writing by Patpicha
Tanakasempipat; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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