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May 21, 2015

Yingluck Shinawatra, former Thai prime minster, begins her trial in Bangkok over corruption allegations

Yingluck Shinawatra, former Thai prime minster, begins her trial in Bangkok over corruption allegations

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has begun her trial in Bangkok on Tuesday for alleged negligence in a rice subsidy scheme. If convicted she could face up to ten years in jail.

The subsidy scheme was designed to prop up rice prices by spending billions of dollars to acquire the crop at high rates over the market rates.

It has been alleged by her political opponents that this was a way to gain support from poor rice farmers.

“I am confident that I am innocent and I hope the court will give me justice and allow everything to proceed in accordance with the law,” Shinawatra told reporters outside the Bangkok courthouse.

12 months ago the former prime minister was removed from office by a military coup after weeks of protests in the Thai capital. The military stating that it had to restore order.

The court has forbidden Shinawatra to leave the country.



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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has begun her trial in Bangkok on Tuesday for alleged negligence in a rice subsidy scheme. If convicted she could face up to ten years in jail.

The subsidy scheme was designed to prop up rice prices by spending billions of dollars to acquire the crop at high rates over the market rates.

It has been alleged by her political opponents that this was a way to gain support from poor rice farmers.

“I am confident that I am innocent and I hope the court will give me justice and allow everything to proceed in accordance with the law,” Shinawatra told reporters outside the Bangkok courthouse.

12 months ago the former prime minister was removed from office by a military coup after weeks of protests in the Thai capital. The military stating that it had to restore order.

The court has forbidden Shinawatra to leave the country.



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December 9, 2013

Thai Prime Minister dissolves parliament and calls elections

Thai Prime Minister dissolves parliament and calls elections

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Monday, December 9, 2013

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Earlier today, Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra formally dissolved the country’s parliament and called for new elections. The new elections are scheduled to take place on February 2 of next year. According to CNN, it is unclear if Shinawatra will be her party’s choice to as a candidate in the elections.

Yesterday, the 150 member strong Democrat Party, the country’s main opposition party, said they would resign en masse because they were unable to work with the current government.

Earlier today, a protest with estimated 100,000 to 150,000 people participating promised to storm Government House of Thailand where Shinawatra’s office is located. The protest included all members of the parliament’s opposition parties. Democrat Party Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva told CNN, “I think the best way for the Prime Minister to show responsibility is by returning power to the people”. He, other opposition leaders, and demonstrators want an unelected “people’s council.”

The country has had several weeks of protests leading up to Shinawatra’s decision. Five people died in one protest on November 30. Demonstrators have connected Shinawatra with her brother and former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaskin currently lives abroad and has not returned home because of a corruption conviction that could result in a two-year prison sentence. Shinawatra’s party had tried and failed to pass legislation granting amnesty to Thaksin.



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May 8, 2012

Thai petrochemical accident kills twelve

Thai petrochemical accident kills twelve

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Thailand’s largest chemical plant has been hit by a fire and series of explosions this weekend. Twelve people have died at the facility in Map Ta Phut, Rayong.

Investigations are underway after the four-hour blaze, which wounded more than 100 more and led to large-scale evacuations. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ordered a committee to investigate potential pollution from the accident, and Sunday visited hospitalised survivors.

Police are examining the scene for clues and “more bodies”, a senior local policeman said. Rayong Governor Seni Jittakasem said the incident started while a chemical tank was being cleaned. All evacuees are now back home and the dead were mostly plant employees, he said.

The area has been controversial for decades. One of the world’s biggest petrochemical works, high pollution levels have been noted since the 80s and residents and environmental campaigners have been demanding action since the late 90s in response to the area’s high cancer levels.



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