Unanimous verdict against Yingluck Shinawatra

by Noah Mcgee September 28, 2017, 0:13
Unanimous verdict against Yingluck Shinawatra

Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been sentenced to five years in prison the by the country's Supreme Court after she was found guilty of negligence in a rice subsidy case.

The NSC chief was commenting on the search for the former premier who fled the country in the face of a lawsuit stemming from the rice pledging scheme introduced by her government.

Whether Yingluck is found guilty and sentenced to up to ten years in prison, found guilty and given a suspended sentence, or even acquitted, the conduct of Thai political life will never be quite the same again. A warrant was issued for her arrest.

Yingluck's government was overthrown in a military coup in 2014. "Therefore, the action of the accused is considered negligence of duty".

"By getting Yingluck out of Thailand, the military gets rid of a potential thorn in their side who could become a martyr if jailed, or a powerful politician again if she is not", said Paul Chambers, an expert on Thai politics.

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The Supreme Court judges said Ms Yingluck had been aware of the falsified rice deals but did nothing to stop it.

Part of Ms Yingluck's election campaign, it was launched after she took office in 2011.

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said yesterday he would reveal Yingluck's whereabouts once the verdict was announced, The Bangkok Post reported.

Following her brother Thaksin, Yingluck is the second former prime minister and member of the Shinawatra clan to flee a court ruling. The military seized power.


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