Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra Freed from Custody

by Editor | May 26, 2014 2:24 am

CNN – Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is no longer in military custody, according to a highly placed source in the junta that took over Thailand in a coup d’etat last week.

A source close to Yingluck also confirmed to CNN that she was released from a military camp.

The former prime minister was ordered to report to the military junta, the National Council for Peace and Order, on Friday. More than 100 others, including politicians and activists, have also been summoned.

The armed forces seized power in a coup Thursday after months of turmoil that paralyzed much of the government and caused deadly clashes in Bangkok.

Yingluck was freed after she reported to the Thai military, the junta source told CNN, adding that the former prime minister was asked to “help us maintain peace and order and not to get involved with protesters or any political movement.”

The military source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, insisted that Yingluck has freedom of movement and communications.

A close aide to the former prime minister could not confirm when Yingluck was released, and contradicted the military’s assertion that she was free to move around.

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