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Fugitive former Thai PM Yingluck holds Cambodian passport

Report says she used the ID to set up a company in Hong Kong

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Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra skipped a court appearance and fled in 2017.    © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled the country in 2017 to avoid a trial for dereliction of duty, has a Cambodian passport, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Yingluck, 51, is widely believed to have left Thailand via Cambodia. The Cambodian government denies this, but the report on her passport adds weight to the speculation.

The report said Yingluck used the passport to set up a company in Hong Kong last August. A copy of the document was included with the article.

The Thai government voided Yingluck's passport after she absconded. But Yingluck, who is reportedly based in the U.K., has since traveled to Japan and other countries.

Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck's older brother and a former prime minister who is also in exile to escape misconduct charges, is said to hold a passport from Montenegro.

Yingluck briefly went missing after skipping a court appearance in late August 2017. She is believed to have traveled to the Cambodian border by car and entered the country, before heading for Dubai, where her older brother has been living for the past decade.

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