International desk – Former Thailand prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled abroad, sources say, ahead of a verdict in her trial over a rice subsidy scheme, media reports said.
BBC referring to sources close to her party reported that she made the decision to leave unexpectedly, shortly before the verdict was due in a Bangkok court.
Yingluck failed to appear at the Supreme Court in Bangkok on Friday for the verdict on charges of negligence.
The court issued an arrest warrant for her and scrapped her bail.
Her lawyers told the court she had been unable to attend because she was ill.
But the court rejected this and delayed the verdict to 27 September.
Sources within Yingluck’s Puea Thai Party told media that she had “definitely left Thailand” but did not give details of her whereabouts.
A former Thai minister also charged in connection with the rice subsidy scheme was jailed for 42 years on Friday.
Boonsong Teriyapirom was found guilty of falsifying rice deals between Thailand and China, according to the BBC.