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Fugitive ex-Thai PM Yingluck gets Serbian citizenship

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Yingluck Shinawatra

The Associated Press BELGRADE (AP) — Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was sentenced in Thailand to five years in prison on graft-related charges, has received Serbian citizenship.

State news agency Tanjug reported Thursday that the Serbian government granted her the citizenship “because it could be in the interest of Serbia.” Serbian officials did not comment on the reason behind the decision.

A government decree confirming she was granted citizenship was published in June in Serbia’s official gazette.

With the Serbian passport, Shinawatra can travel without a visa to over 100 countries, including most members of the European Union.Speech

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