>> Thailand is asking Britain to extradite a former Prime Minister who skipped the country to avoid jail. Yingluck Shinawatra was overthrown in coup in 2014. Sentenced to jail in absentia for negligence, she fled the country last August.>>
> Thailand's Prime Minister pointing out they can't arrest people abroad, so it was up to the UK to send her back.
Prayut Chan-o-cha telling reporters the request was a necessary procedure between the two countries which share an extradition treaty. Shinawatra was handed a five-year-jail sentence over a rice subsidy scheme that ran up to billions of dollars of losses. She has denied wrongdoing claiming the trial was politically motivated. Yingluck and her older brother Thaksin Shinawatra have been at the center of a power struggle that has dominated Thai politics for more than a decade.
It's not clear why the government is only now seeking an extradition. A long awaited general election is due sometime next year and the Shinawatra siblings still hold significant political influence.