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Thai junta under fire over Yingluck escape

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A file photo shows Yingluck Shinawatra.

BANGKOK (AFP) – Thailand’s junta has come under fire from conservative allies following ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s escape overseas, with many questioning how the military could have let her flee given she was heavily monitored. Ms Yingluck pulled a dramatic disappearing act before a scheduled court judgement on Friday in a criminal negligence trial. She faced up to ten years in prison and a lifetime political ban if convicted. But instead she was a no show, with junta and party sources saying she had fled abroad. Analysts say Ms Yingluck likely cut a secret deal with the junta to exit the country – a charge the military has denied. She frequently complained of being constantly followed by military intelligence since she was ousted from office.

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