BANGKOK, Thailand — Hundreds of supporters of embattled former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra flooded the Supreme Court complex to give moral support as she made her final court appearance today.
Yingluck who arrived at the court about 8.30am (local time) was greeted by her placard-carrying supporters as more than 300 policemen and court’s security officers stood guard to ward off any disturbances.
The former Prime Minister who was ousted by the current military government in 2014 was charged with negligence for allegedly failing to stop corruption and irregularities in the controversial rice pledgling scheme, which was the flagship of her government.
The current government, which is led by Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha, claimed that the scheme had caused the state to suffer losses amounting to billions of Baht and sought compensation from the former Prime Minister.
The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division on Political Office Holders is scheduled to deliver its final verdict on Aug 25.
Yingluck’s supporters who were joined by leaders of her political party, Pheu Thai Party started arriving at the court complex as early as 5am (local time).
Government leaders including from the police and army had issued warnings to her supporters not to stir any trouble during their gathering in the court complex today and would take stern action on anyone flouting the law.
Its had also issued warnings to the former Prime Minister’s supporters ahead of the final court’s verdict on Aug 25.
Yingluck faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK