Ousted Thai PM Yingluck sentenced in absentia to 5 years
28 September 2017, 12:13 | Robert Harris
Yingluck sentenced to prison in absentia
Today (Wednesday), the Thai Supreme Court unanimously sentenced the country's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to 5 years in jail.
The military seized power from Yingluck's government in a May 2014 coup citing the need to restore order and normalcy.
The search by the authorities for former premier Yingluck Shinawatra remains an ongoing investigative process, according to National Security Council's (NSC) Secretary-General Thawip Netniyom.
Yingluck's downfall revolved around a scheme that saw her government purchase rice from farmers at almost twice the market price. "I have spies", he said, adding that to his knowledge Ms Yingluck has not sought asylum overseas.
She took office in 2011. "Therefore, the action of the accused is considered negligence of duty". The final verdict including the five-year sentence was read at about 3pm.
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