Belgrade - The Serbian government has granted citizenship to Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who fled her homeland in 2017 to avoid negligence charges.
Shinawatra, 52, went to Dubai and joined her brother Thaksin, another former Thai prime minister who also fled in 2008 to avoid a prison sentence for corruption.
The Serbian government decided to grant Yingluck citizenship on June 27, citing a legal provision that "a foreign citizen can also be granted Serbian citizenship if that is in line with the country's interests."
The Official Gazette notice about the decision was published in local media on Thursday and gave no further explanation.
Serbian officials, Thai diplomats in Belgrade and the Shinwatra family were not immediately available for comment.