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Yingluck indicted for negligence in Thai rice-buying scheme

Fear of clashes as pro- and anti-govt sides plan big rallies

Published Thu, May 8, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[BANGKOK] Thailand's anti-graft agency indicted former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra for negligence yesterday - a ruling that came a day after a court threw her out of office and that could kill off any hopes she has of staging an electoral comeback.

Thousands of her loyalists were converging on the capital as the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) announced its decision to press ahead with charges related to a financially ruinous state rice-buying scheme.

The blows delivered on successive days by the commission and Thailand's Constitutional Court are the latest twists in a struggle for power between Thailand's royalist establishment and Ms Yingluck's brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. "The committee has investigated and there is enough evidence to make a case . . . We will now forward it to the Senate," NACC president Panthep Klanarong- ran told reporters.

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