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Thai PM Yingluck to be charged with neglect of duty in relation to rice subsidy scheme

Published on Feb 18, 2014 4:20 PM
A Thai anti-graft panel announced on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014, that it was pressing charges against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for neglect of duty in connection with a controversial rice subsidy scheme. -- PHOTO: REUTERS


BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand’s embattled premier will be charged with neglect of duty, anti-graft officials said on Tuesday, as clashes between police and opposition protesters left three dead and dozens wounded in central Bangkok.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission said that if found guilty of the charges – which relate to a controversial rice subsidy scheme – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra could be removed from office.

The announcement came hours after gunfire and explosions shook an area of the city’s historic district just a short walk away from major tourist attractions, as riot police moved to clear sites of protest rallies.

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