Ex-Thai PM Yingluck to be charged

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Published: Friday 23rd January 2015 by The News Editor

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Former Thailand prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be charged for her role in overseeing a rice subsidy programme that lost billions of pounds.

Surasak Threerattrakul, the director general of the office of the attorney general’s department, said today that Ms Yingluck will face criminal charges for negligence of duty as a state official.

No date has been set for the formal indictment, but if charged she faces 10 years in jail.

The charges came hours before Thailand’s junta-appointed parliament is due to vote on whether to impeach Ms Yingluck for the rice programme.

If impeached, she would be banned from politics for five years.

The charges against Ms Yingluck have been dismissed by her supporters, who say they are politically motivated and part of a broader campaign that led to the overthrow of her government in an army coup last year.

Published: Friday 23rd January 2015 by The News Editor

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