Ex-Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s Court Appearance For Negligence Trial
Bangkok: Former Thai Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra appeared in court for trial of negligence charged, pleaded not guilty at beginning but if can face prison for a decade.
Thailand’s ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra made appearance in court for trial of negligence charges on Tuesday, found not guilty at first day but can face ten years in prison if negligence charges in rice subsidy scheme would be proved against her.
Yingluck has told to media outside court that she would prove her innocence and well prepared to defense her over the multi-billion dollar rice scheme that anti-corruption authorities has allegedly charged against her.
I prepared myself well today and ready to defend myself in court and I hope that I will be awarded justice, Yingluck said to her supporters in front of Bangkok court on Tuesday.
Earlier, in May Ms Yingluck has been forced by Thailand’s Constitutional Court from her office after finding her guilty of abusing power and few weeks later, military held the power stated that it needed to restore order following months of street protests.
The negligence case has been considered among the slew of cases to dominate the ruling junta and their establishment allies to tighten their grip on power, a twist in a long-running political saga following on-off violence in Thailand.
Ex-PM Yingluck brother Thaksin, who himself a former prime minster also victimized by military coup in 2006, stated on the sidelines of a conference in Seoul on Tuesday he had no plans to mobilise his Red Shirt supporters anymore but it seems that the military power is not so impressive in State.
Yingluck Shinawatra has been banned for politics for five year in January when a military-appointed legislature found her guilty over disastrous rice subsidy scheme that losses country billion of dollars over criminal negligence of ex PM.