Serbia grants citizenship to ex-Thai Prime Minister


BELGRADE – Serbia granted citizenship to former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Anadolu Agency reported, quoting Serbian state news agency report on Thursday.

The Serbian state news agency Tanjug said the the decision was made during a session of government.

The government granted her citizenship “because it could be in the interest of Serbia,” Tanjug quoted a statement from authorities.

Shinawatra can now travel without a visa to more than 100 countries, including European Union member states.

She was sentenced to five years in prison on graft-related charges after she fled Thailand in 2017.

Her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has citizenship from Montenegro.