Original title: Thailand asks Britain to extradite Yingla, denying it for political purposes.
Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Lah fled overseas last year after "playing missing" on the eve of the rice malfeasance case. Since the beginning of this year, Yingla has been showing up everywhere, even spreading news that she wants to rally supporters in Hongkong.
Now, the Thailand government has made a move to Yingla to ask Britain to extradite Yingla, but denied extradition for political purposes. According to media reports, although yingluck and his elder brother Thaksin have stepped down, two people are still having an impact on the general election of Thailand next year.
According to the Broadcasting British Corporation (BBC) Thai channel 31, the Embassy of Thailand in London submitted a letter to the British side, accompanied by a copy of the Yingla verdict and an arrest warrant.
The letter quoted the extradition treaty between Britain and Thailand in 1911, which, according to the treaty, should be extradition to Thailand which is believed to be living in Britain.
According to the Thailand national newspaper, Thailand Prime Minister Ba Yu said: "we can not carry out the arrest operation abroad, so it should be arrested by the relevant countries, and then transfer the personnel to us."
But he also pointed out that the ability to be extradition depends on the British government, "within the framework of the law, the government has done everything, and the countries concerned will decide whether to extradite the British."
Last August 25th, the Supreme Court of Thailand originally decided to pronouncement the "rice malfeasance case" in Yingla, but before the sentence was declared, the lawyer suddenly told the court that he was unable to get to the court because of his physical discomfort.
Later, Yingluck disappeared mysteriously. Although the Thai government later confirmed that she had fled overseas, she was reluctant to announce the whereabouts of Yingluck.
In September 27th, the Supreme Court of Thailand sentenced her to five years in prison and issued an arrest warrant. On October 3, the deputy director of the Thai Police General Shiwala said that Thai police are seeking an Interpol warrant to arrest Yingluck.
Thailand's foreign minister, Don Balme Winai (Don Pramudwinai), said on the same day that Thailand's foreign minister had been in London since September 2017, because her passport in Thailand had been revoked, so it was likely to have another country passport.
The Broadcasting British Corporation (BBC) also quoted sources in May as saying that Yingla had been granted a 10 year visa in the UK and was allowed to stay in the UK for up to 6 months at a time.
Since this year, Yingla has been appearing frequently. During the Spring Festival, she came to the streets of Beijing and sent a new year to the people of Thailand through social media. After a few days, she was expected to gather supporters at the center of Hongkong and to hold news conference for her brother and her brother, but the press conference was finally "temporarily removed".
In the early June, the two people came to the United States again. In June 21st, Yingla first updated her face book after exile, the day of its 51 - year birthday. She said in Facebook, "to thank the people of Thailand for thinking about me."
Yingluck's brother, the former Prime Minister of Thailand, who is also in exile, is also accompanied by Thaksin.
Tai Fang denies "political extradition"
Thaksin and his brother and sister Yingluck have been at the heart of Thailand's political struggle for many years in power, opposed by the Thai military government, Reuters said.
It is not clear why Thailand has sought to extradite English until now, but it is reported that in the 2019 Thailand general election, Yingla and Thaksin still played an important influence.
However, the Thailand government denied that it was politically motivated to extradite Yingla.
"We have made it clear that this is a corruption case, not a political case," said the national newspaper, Amnart Chotchai, head of the Thailand attorney general's office of international affairs. "We want the British authorities to consider extradition requests."
In the letter to the British government, the Embassy of Thailand also assured that the case against yingluck did not have a political or military character.
It is reported that the existing treaties between Thailand and Britain are not allowed to extradite because of political crimes.
In addition, during his visit to the UK in June this year, Ba Yu said that Thailand citizens should not be "two equal citizens" in his country in order to escape from domestic laws. "They should come back and fight against the law." But Ba did not say the name of yingluck or Thaksin.
At the moment, Britain has no response to the matter.
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