Thailand revokes former PM Yingluck’s passports

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced on August 28 that the government will revoke passports of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a fugitive after fleeing judgment in her rice scheme trial.

Thai government will revoke passports of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a fugitive after fleeing judgment in her rice scheme trial. (Photo: EAP/VNA)

Thai government will revoke passports of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a fugitive after fleeing judgment in her rice scheme trial. (Photo: EAP/VNA)

“It is a normal procedure. Legal aspects will be examined to determine what can be done in the following steps”, he said. 

Criticising opinions on crowding securities to supervise her, he said that the Government will further investigation into how she could have left the country.

Yingluck failed to appear for her verdict on August 25, prompting the Supreme Court to issue an arrest warrant.

She was accused of abusing power in May, 2014. Her dereliction of the rice subsidy scheme supervision led to severe loss to the country. If found guilty, she is liable to a jail term of 10 years and face the seizure of assets worth 35 billion baht (nearly 1 billion USD) over the loss.

The rice scheme was a flagship policy of Yingluck’s election campaign with the Pheu Thai party, which helped her win the 2011 general election. The scheme offered to buy rice from farmers at a double of market price then keep in store houses nationwide, source from Vietnamplus.

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