Thailand’s Ex-Prime Minister, Yingluck sentenced to five years in prison

Former Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been found guilty of criminal negligence and sentenced in absentia to five years in prison.

The Supreme Court convicted her of mishandling a rice subsidy scheme which allegedly cost Thailand at least eight billion dollars.

Mrs Yingluck who was ousted in 2014, weeks before a military coup, and later impeached, denies all charges and fled to Dubai before the verdict.

During her trial, Ms Yingluck had argued she was not responsible for the day-to-day running of the scheme and insisted she was a victim of political persecution.

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