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Beleaguered Thai PM defends herself against rice charges

Published on Mar 31, 2014 4:18 PM
 
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets people after casting a ballot at a polling station in Bangkok March 30, 2014. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday, March 31, 2014 showed up to defend herself against charges linked to a ruinous government rice pledging scheme that could lead to her removal from office. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday showed up to defend herself against charges linked to a ruinous government rice pledging scheme that could lead to her removal from office.

The charges were brought against her by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). Should the commission forward the case to the Senate for possible impeachment, Ms Yingluck would be suspended from official duties.

It was unclear when such a decision would be made, but it could take weeks.

Ms Yingluck arrived at the anti-graft commission's headquarters to defend herself, following earlier speculation that she might send lawyers to represent her instead.

 
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