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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 13:55
Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra sentenced to jail in absentia
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Thailand's Supreme Court has sentenced former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to five years' jail after finding her guilty of negligence over a rice subsidy scheme her government set up to help farmers.

Under the rice scheme, Yingluck's government bought rice from farmers at above-market prices, leading to stockpiles of the grain and distorted global prices of the commodity.

“Losses amounted to US$8 billion”, the military government has said.

Yingluck, whose government was ousted by the military in 2014, had pleaded innocent and had accused the military government of political persecution. 

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