Thailand’s Supreme Court unaminously convicted former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia on Wednesday, sentencing her to five years in prison for mismanaging a rice subsidy scheme resulting in billions lost.
According to the Court, “The accused knew that the government-to-government rice contract was unlawful but did not prevent it. Which is a manner of seeking unlawful gains. Therefore, the action of the accused is considered negligence of duty.”
Yingluck pleaded not guilty to the charges in 2015 but fled [JURIST reports] the country last month. A warrant is now issued for her arrest.
In 2014 Yingluck was overthrown by a coup resulting in the military seizing control of the government.
Thailand’s political system had been unstable since the 2006 military coup from the decade-long clash between the traditional elitist and the Shinawatra family.
As carried in JUrist on 29/9/2017