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Hong Kong filings show Thailand's Yingluck has Cambodian passport

AFP  |  Hong Kong 

Fugitive former Thai used a Cambodian passport to register a company in Hong Kong, records show, lending weight to reports she used the neighbouring kingdom to make her dramatic escape from her homeland.

The former was also recently named of a Chinese port operator in province, mainland corporate filings seen by AFP reveal, as her family's political dynasty grow their business presence in

Yingluck and her billionaire brother were both elected but were toppled in coups -- Thaksin in 2006 and Yingluck in 2014.

Although they live in self-exile, the duo retain significant support in rural and poorer parts of Thailand, a politically troubled kingdom which is due to go to the polls later this year after five years of military rule.

Yingluck went on the run in August 2017 during a graft case where she was convicted of running a rice subsidy scheme that cost billions of dollars. She and her supporters say the case was politically motivated.

Senior junta officials said Yingluck skipped bail and fled the country via Cambodia, an allegation the government in has always denied.

But publicly searchable corporate filings in Hong Kong show Yingluck holds a Cambodian passport, using it to register as of a company called "Company Limited" on August 24, 2018.

Cambodian authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Separate mainland records show Yingluck was appointed of Shantou Terminals Ltd, in Guangdong, on December 12.

The company was listed as 70 percent owned by a subsidiary of the family of Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong's richest man.

But a for parent company told AFP the subsidiary had recently divested "to a Singaporean investor who has subsequently brought in (an)other investor".

Hong Kong's land registry shows the residential address given for Yingluck's -- a mansion in Hong Kong's exclusive Peak district -- is owned by Chen Huaidan, a wealthy Chinese-Singaporean

Chen is also listed as a of Shantou Terminals.

Like many of Thailand's ultra-wealthy, the trace their lineage to and regularly make trips to their ancestral village there, as well as the neighbouring international financial hub Hong Kong.

The Morning Post reported that Thaksin and Yingluck visited their village of over the weekend, an event that drew crowds of locals but was largely scrubbed by Chinese censors.

Thaksin, who is wanted in for a separate graft conviction he says was politically motivated, has a company registered in Hong Kong with a passport. He divides most of his time between and

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 15:50 IST
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