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Yingluck freed of B35bn rice compensation order

Yingluck freed of B35bn rice compensation order

BANGKOK: The Central Administrative Court on Friday (Apr 2) annulled the Finance Ministry’s order that fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra pay B35.7 billion in compensation for her administration’s loss-ridden rice-pledging scheme.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 2 April 2021, 06:30PM


Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra appears at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for People Holding Political Positions in Bangkok on Aug 1, 2017, to deliver her closing statement in the case involving her administration’s corruption-ridden rice-pledging scheme. She fled the country later in the same month. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra appears at the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for People Holding Political Positions in Bangkok on Aug 1, 2017, to deliver her closing statement in the case involving her administration’s corruption-ridden rice-pledging scheme. She fled the country later in the same month. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

The court found that order number 1351/2559 issued in October 2016 was not legal because the corruption in the process ‒ which included the verification of farmers’ qualifications, the illegal use of foreign rice in the scheme, the substandard storage of pledged rice and fake government-to-government rice sales ‒ happened at the operational level, reports the Bangkok Post.

Yingluck had been aware only of memorandums of understanding for G2G sales of pledged rice and there had been attempts to investigate graft in the scheme. She had not intentionally allowed corruption to grow, the court said.

Besides, the Finance Ministry admitted there was no clear evidence proving that Yingluck had been directly responsible for damage caused by the scheme, the court said.

The ruling was in response to Yingluck’s petition against the compensation order. The B35.7-billion figure was considered to be 20% of the total damage from the rice-pledging scheme.

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Yingluck fled Thailand in August 2017 to escape punishment over her administration’s failed rice-pledging scheme, just before the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for People Holding Political Positions was set to pass judgement.

She was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison.

Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krea-ngam said on Friday that the government had the right to appeal against the court’s ruling.

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Kurt | 03 April 2021 - 09:07:36

After 5 years in Courts, finally a correction. The 2015 Court order was not legal, and no evidence. The Finance Ministry admitted that was no clear evidence. And now a Dep PM ( is he a general?) is chewing on a appeal?  The judicial appealing circus in Thailand is like a hobby, making lawyers rich. The appealing threat is just to keep Miss Yingluck out of Thailand. A miss use of judicial system.

JohnC | 03 April 2021 - 09:00:01

This stinks to high heaven. Would be interesting to know who paid how much and who accepted it to allow this to go ahead. The Shinawatra clan makes the Trump tribe look honest.

 

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