Yingluck attends 11th court hearing of rice trial

The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders today began the 11th hearing of testimonies by witnesses defending the former prime minister Ms Yingluck Shinawatra indicted of dereliction of duty over the controversial rice pledging scheme.

Ms Yingluck arrived at the Supreme Court at 9.00 am amid warm welcome by her supporters and former cabinet minister of her previous government.

They included Niwatthamlong Boonsongphaisarn, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Warathep Rattanakorn, and Phoomtham Vejchayachai.

Today’s hearing is the 11th hearing of testimonies by her witnesses to be given to the court.

A total of 42 witnesses are to give testimonies to the court to defend Ms Yingluck’s rice pledging scheme in a total of 16 hearings.

Ms Yingluck was indicted by the Office of the Attorney-General in the Supreme Court on January 23, 2015.

The first hearing of the defendant’s 42 witnesses began January 15 last year. The last hearing is expected within this year and final judgment will be handed down.

Ms Yingluck said this morning that she is now in difficult financial position after the Legal Execution Department has to enforce Section 44 of the interim constitution to impound her assets although she has already asked for Court’ injunction of the order by the Finance Ministry to her to pay 36 billion baht compensation for the damages caused by her rice scheme to the state.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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