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Thailand's Yingluck fails to show up for verdict

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 01:15

Thailand's Supreme Court issues an arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after she fails to appear for a verdict on a two-year-long negligence case. Ryan Brooks reports.

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A shocking turn for Thailand's biggest trail in years. Ousted leader Yingluck Shinawtra a no-show at the Supreme Court on Friday (August 25), where she was supposed to hear her fate in a case centered on multi-billion dollar losses for the state. According to a judge, Yingluck asked for sick leave saying she had an ear problem. But the court thinks she's either gone into hiding or fled the country and is now seeking an arrest warrant for the disgraced former Prime Minister, whose family has dominated Thai politics for more than 15 years. Yingluck faces up to 10 years in prison for alleged negligence over a rice subsidy scheme, meant to solve rural poverty but which cost the country around 8 billion dollars. She denies all wrongdoing, and the scheme won her popularity that's still going strong. Hundreds of supporters rallying outside the courthouse on Friday. "We still believe that Yingluck carried out the rice scheme in the people and farmers' interests. We hope that justice will be bestowed on her," said Yingluck supporter Thamrong Wongsira outside the court. The rice scheme is ultimately what got Yingluck impeached in 2015. The court has set a new date of September 27th to deliver a verdict.

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Thailand's Yingluck fails to show up for verdict

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 01:15