Former Thailand’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra allegedly found guilty of dereliction of duty over a controversial rice subsidy scheme and sentenced to five years imprisonment in absentia.
It was learned that Yingluck Shinawatra fled the country last month.
After which, a warrant was issued for her arrest.
The Supreme Court said in a statement, “The accused knew that the government-to-government rice contract was unlawful but did not prevent it”.
On August 25, she failed to appear in front of Thailand’s Supreme Court as hundreds of her supporters waited for her outside the court.
The Supreme Court said Yingluck Shinawatra was knowing of the falsified rice deals but did nothing to stop it.
It was reported that she remained popular figure with rural and poor voters.
It was further added, “Which is a manner of seeking unlawful gains. Therefore, the action of the accused is considered negligence of duty”.
Following her arrest, Phumtham Wechayachai, secretary-general of the party said in a statement, “The Puea Thai Party believes in the various schemes that the party introduced during the previous administration”.
While defending herself Yingluck Shinawatra told the media, ” It was beneficial for the farmers and the country”.