Critics of former Thai PM try to discredit her with escape rumors: lawyer

February 11, 2015 6:57 AM

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Critics of former Thai PM try to discredit her with escape rumors: lawyer

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Opponents of former Thai leader Yingluck Shinawatra were trying to discredit her by spreading false rumors that she would flee abroad before she is due to face criminal charges in court later this month, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

Yingluck became Thailand's first female prime minister in July 2011 but was removed from office days before a May 2014 coup led by then-army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha. That followed months of street protests in Bangkok against her government.

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