Criminal charges filed against Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra
Bangkok: Thailand’s attorney general Thursday filed criminal charges against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra over a controversial rice subsidy scheme. If found guilty, she could be jailed for 10 years, Xinhua reported. Prosecutors submitted the case documents to the Supreme Court, accusing Yingluck’s government of buying rice from Thai farmers at above the market rate, costing the government billions of dollars.
Thursday’s charges came following Yingluck’s impeachment by the legislature last month, which forced her out of politics for five years. Yingluck stepped down from office by a court decision shortly before the military staged a coup in May 2014 and seized power from her government.