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CES 2020

Thaksin and Yingluck surface in Vegas with DNA startup

Fugitive Thai leaders turn up as political tensions heat up at home

A screen capture from ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's Facebook page shows her with her brother, exiled leader Thaksin Shinawatra, at CES 2020.

BANGKOK/LAS VEGAS -- Thailand's former prime ministers-turned-fugitives Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra, who are hugely popular among opponents of the country's pro-military government, resurfaced in Las Vegas this week in a surprise new role: startup backers.

The siblings, who are wanted in Bangkok on convictions stemming from their time in office, normally keep a low profile. But they attended the CES 2020 electronics show to hawk a DNA nutrition kit that provides eating tips via a wearable device and a smartphone app.

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