Yingluck’s involvement in the controversial scheme which became a clarion call for protests against her now overthrown government is under investigation and Attorney general’s office has commented that it needed more time to investigate.
Wanchai Rojamawong, Spokesman for the attorney general’s office commented at a press conference in Bangkok that there is not enough evidence to take legal action against former Prime minister as accused by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC)
A joint committee will be formed with NACC to gather more evidence and then decision will be taken on charges. Yingluck was removed from office in a conterversial court ruling before the army toppled her government. After being removed, NACC charged her for dereliction of duty on relation to the rice policy and then forwarded the case to attorney general for criminal charges.
The rice subsidy, which paid farmers up to 50% above market rates for the grain was criticized for puncturing the Thai finances, battering the rice industry and fostering massive corruption, with opponents accusing Yingluck of using it to shore up her rural electoral base.
Yingluck has always maintained her innocence and questioned whether the NACC investigation has met international standards.
Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who was endorsed as Prime Minister two weeks ago, has said the coup was necessary to end months of political unrest that left 28 people dead. But many accuse the military of using the protests as an excuse for a power grab.
Prayut has ruled out holding new elections before October 2015 despite international appeals for a return to democracy. – AFP.