Yingluck Shinawatra freed of B35bn rice compensation order

Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's first female prime minister

Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's first female prime minister. Photo: Yingluck Shinawatra / Facebook.

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.

Full story: Bangkok Post


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