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Former Prime Minister of Thailand was sentenced to five years for corruption

28 September 2017, 12:12 | Nichole Osborne

Yingluck sentenced to prison in absentia

Thai court sentences ex-PM Yingluck in absentia to 5 years in jail

Yingluck, who is believed to have fled the country ahead of the verdict originally scheduled last month, once again failed to turn up to court on Wednesday.

Insiders say he has the backing of former leader Thaksin Shinawatra but not necessarily the party's rank and file, Asia Times reports.

The charges she was faced with pertained to mishandling a subsidy scheme for rice which is reported to have cost Thailand at least £8bn. "Therefore, the action of the accused is considered negligence of duty", it said.

January 2015 - An army-backed legislature impeaches Ms Yingluck for corruption over her role in the rice scheme, which effectively bans her from politics for five years.

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


50-year-old Shinawatra was found guilty of causing losses to the state amounting to €6.8 billion by issuing subsidies for growing rice.

The Supreme Court said Yingluck Shinawatra was knowing of the falsified rice deals but did nothing to stop it.

It has been speculated that she is in exile in Dubai with her brother, also a former prime minister, but she has not made any public statements since fleeing.

The ruling had initially been scheduled for August 25 but was postponed after Yingluck failed to attend.

Photos posted on Instagram this week by one of Thaksin's daughters show Thaksin in London. "Do not ask me", he replied to reporters when asked if it was a neighbouring country or not.



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