Rice-pledging conference begins

Ms Yingluck is greeted by her supporters when she came to a Supreme Court for a initial conference on Friday. (Photo by Kitja Apichonrojarek)

Ousted primary apportion Yingluck Shinawatra came to a Supreme Court on Friday for a initial conference of a hearing in that she was charged with desertion of avocation in a rice-pledging programme.

If she is found guilty, she could face a jail tenure adult to 10 years.

She arrived during a Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Persons Holding Political Positions during Government Complex in Bangkok during 8.30am.

The former PM was greeted by a throng of supporters and some of her former cupboard ministers and Pheu Thai celebration members, including Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Yanyong Phuangrach and Vorachai Hema, Thai media reported.

Barriers were put adult amid parsimonious confidence supposing by 100 policemen. Ms Yingluck’s supporters were not authorised to reason placards.

Saneh Maneechote, a rice rancher from Bang Lane, Nakhon Pathom province, gave her an ear of dry rice, a pitch of his plight. He urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-ocha to also demeanour after farmers, following assist for rubber planters announced this week.

Asked either she was disturbed about new prosecutor witnesses who had never testified to a National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), Ms Yingluck pronounced she was anticipating for a best. (Story continues below)

Ms Yingluck listens as Mr Saneh gives her an ear of dry paddy, a pitch of his woes. (Photo by Kitja Apichonrojarek) 

“We’re perplexing a best and are prepared to move a witnesses in April.” 

Four charge witnesses will be listened from 9.30am to 4pm on Friday.

Nipon Poapongsakorn, a former boss of a Thailand Research and Development Institute, will give a altogether design of a programme.

Noppadon Thipayawan, a journalist, was subsequent to take a stand, with his collection of news reports on a programme.

Prajuck Boonyoung, emissary auditor-general, will follow, with a concentration on a letters sent to Ms Yingluck by a auditor-general to advise her about a border of a indemnification and a auditor-general’s opinions on a programme.

Jirachai Moontongroy, a emissary permanent secretary to a Prime Minister’s Office, will afterwards attest on a indemnification caused by a programme.

The justice concluded to hear a sum of 14 witnesses presented by open prosecutors, starting on Friday. The subsequent hearings for a charge witnesses are slated for Feb 17 and 26 and Mar 4 and 23.

Other charge witnesses to take a mount after embody Varong Dejkitvikrom, a former Phitsanulok Democrat MP who closely monitored a programme, and high-ranking officials during a commerce and financial ministries.

Ms Yingluck’s authorised group called 43 witnesses in her counterclaim including herself, scheduled to be listened on Feb 17 and 26 and Mar 4 and 23.

The former PM was indicted of impropriety underneath Section 157 of a Criminal Code and Section 123/1 of a 1999 Anti-Corruption Act. Prosecutors filed a charges opposite her on Feb 19 final year as endorsed by a NACC.

They indicted her of unwell to stop a rice-pledging programme, that caused 500 billion baht in indemnification to a country.

Shortly after a NACC found her box had ground, she was also retroactively private as primary apportion by a junta-appointed lawmakers. The outcome was she was criminialized from politics for 5 years.

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