What saved Yingluck's skin was not her good looks, so to speak: there was a more sinister complexion to the matter.
Yingluck was the sister of the demagogue, Thaksin Shinawatra, a wildly popular personality.
Thais still fondly recall his trigger-happy ways: he killed over 2,500 people in less than three months in extrajudicial murders (including in the Muslim south), which made him very popular - on top of the generous pandering to the poor.
It took the military to defenestrate him and finally exile the divisive figure.
The army's investigation revealed that most of the murdered were innocent people - never mind if they were innocent; guilt and innocence are to be decided in a court of law, not by a lynch mob.
As is typical in Asia, his sister took over.
She engineered a disastrous rice-subsidy scheme- again to appeal to the poor, the majority - that nearly bankrupted the exchequer.
Again, the junta defenestrated her and "allowed" her to escape abroad.