Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's first female prime minister

Yingluck Shinawatra freed of B35bn rice compensation order

The Central Administrative Court on Friday annulled the Finance Ministry’s order that fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra pay 35.7 billion baht in compensation for her administration’s loss-ridden rice-pledging scheme.

The court found that order number 1351/2559 issued in October 2016 was not legal because the corruption in the process – which included the verification of farmers’ qualifications, the illegal use of foreign rice in the scheme, the substandard storage of pledged rice and fake government-to-government rice sales – happened at the operational level.

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