Ex-Thai PM faces arrest

26 August, 2017, 01:15 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Judgement day looms for Shinawatra clan

He said the court would seek permission for an arrest warrant for the former prime minister, adding that verdict has been rescheduled to September 27.

If found guilty, Yingluck faces up to 10 years in prison and could be disqualified from becoming prime minister again.

Thailand's Supreme Court said it will issue an arrest warrant for the former prime minister after her no show.

"The court did not believe that the defendant is too ill to come to the court, and her absence has led it to believe that the defendant fled".

"They believe that she is still here and has not fled the country".

An official of Yingluck's Pheu Thai party, who is close to the Shinawatra family, said she had left Thailand.

At the heart of the trial: Yingluck was criticized for the fact that her government bought rice to rice farmers, fishpond election of Shinawatra, at a price higher than the market.

Instead, current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he has "assigned officials to check the normal entry and exit routes and find out where she is".

TRT World spoke to Tazkira Sattar in Bangkok. Yingluck was also criticized for buying loyalty from her supporters through populism during her premiership without seriously addressing critical hurdles in democratization.

However, it is a poorly-concealed secret that some in the military government would have been happy to see her leave the country before the verdict.

Clobbered by coups and courts, Thailand's Shinawatra political dynasty is bracing for another withering blow in its decade-long power struggle with the kingdom's establishment as judges decide whether to convict the clan's ex-premier Yingluck.

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This blanket amnesty would have set her brother. among others on both sides of the political lie, free from all pending charges.

Throughout the past few months, Thailand's political temperature has been rising following the heated court case of Yingluck, who is accused of mismanaging Thailand's rice subsidy program.

TRT World's Shamim Chowdhury has more.

The court is expected to deliver a verdict later Friday on a criminal negligence charge accusing her of wrongdoing in overseeing a rice subsidy program. She would be officially impeached by Thailand's military-appointed National Legislative Assembly, banning her from political office for five years.

Her bail of 30 million baht ($900,000), posted when the trial began more than two years ago, has been confiscated.

Her brother, Thaksin, left the country shortly before the court handed down his judgement in 2008.

Mr Thaksin has lived in Dubai since fleeing a corruption conviction he says was politically motivated.

Gen Prawit denied that security authorities intentionally let Ms Yingluck escape.

She posted a message on her Facebook page urging followers to stay away, saying she anxious about their safety.

But she stepped out of his shadow, displaying a unexpected resilience as protesters besieged her home and opponents clobbered her with a raft of court cases.

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