"We want justice to be respected", she added, denouncing the cleavage within the thai society between supporters of Shinawatra, rice farmers and a lot of them poor, and the elites of the capital whose generals have taken power.
A Thai court issued an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after she failed to show up on Friday to hear a verdict in a negligence case. Yingluck won the election in a landslide to become Thailand's first female prime minister.
She failed to appear in court for trial after she claimed ill to appear. Sources from Shinawatra's Puea Thai Party told multiple news agencies that she was no longer in Thailand.
Her bail of 30 million baht (S$1.2 million), posted when the trial began more than two years ago, has been confiscated.
Last month, Yingluck herself openly acknowledged her need for public support, writing on her Facebook page, "I would like to transform your moral support into a power that would make me strong and tolerant".
"Up until this point we have no information showing that Yingluck has exited via any of Thailand's border check points", Immigration police chief Nanthathorn Prousoontorn told Reuters. "(Her supporters are) fanned out over the country so it is hard for them to mobilize". Already her supporters are comparing her with Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had to live under house arrest for 14 years over a 20-year period.
In another development, a former Thai minister also charged in connection with the rice subsidy scheme was jailed for 42 years on Friday.
Before Yingluck's trial kicked off, some had speculated whether she would follow her brother's footsteps and leave the country.
"We don't think the defendant is ill".
Critics say they were effectively a means of vote buying, while Yingluck supporters welcomed them and argue the case against her is politically motivated.
The Shinawatra family emerged as a political force in 2001 when billionaire patriarch Mr Thaksin swept to power.
Thaksin's ouster triggered years of upheaval and division that has pitted a poor, rural majority in the north that supports the Shinawatras against royalists, the military and their urban backers.
A coup toppled him in 2006 and he fled overseas.
Yingluck was ousted from office by a Constitutional Court decision in May 2014, and shortly afterward the military took over again, dissolving the caretaker parliament, blockading streets in the capital Bangkok, and imposing martial law.
But the judge said the court did not believe the excuse because no official medical verification was provided, and the court would issue a warrant for her arrest as a result.
"I stand firm to fight my case". He had earlier said only that he had no confirmation of her whereabouts.
But three years of repressive junta rule has successfully quashed any widespread opposition to the military for now.