Bangkok – Thailand’s foreign ministry had no immediate reaction Friday to reports that the country’s former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been granted Serbian citizenship, joining her brother as a fugitive globe-trotting Thai with foreign nationality.
Serbia’s state news agency Tanjug reported Thursday that she was granted citizenship “because it could be in the interest of Serbia.” A government decree confirming she was granted citizenship was published in June in Serbia’s official gazette. Serbian officials did not comment on the reason behind the decision.
Thai foreign ministry spokeswoman Busadee Santipitaks said Friday she was unable to comment on the report from Serbia, and that the Serbian foreign ministry had not contacted its Thai counterpart. She also declined to comment on any efforts to extradite Yingluck.
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