Yingluck to be charged by anti-graft body as clashes in Bangkok leave 4 dead
Published on Feb 18, 2014 6:57 PM
Thailand's anti-graft body said on Tuesday that it would charge premier Yingluck Shinawatra over the troubled state rice mortgage scheme, as clashes between police and protesters in central Bangkok left four people dead and at least 64 people injured.
The confrontation occurred after security forces launched their most concerted effort yet to clear protest sites in Bangkok's historic district, which had been occupied since late 2013 by demonstrators demanding that Ms Yingluck be removed from office .
Protest leaders accused police of using tear gas on unarmed demonstrators, while police in turn alleged that protesters had used tear gas and rocket launchers on them.
Meanwhile, the National Anti-Corruption Commission announced that it would charge Ms Yingluck for negligence over her role overseeing the rice mortgage scheme, under which the state pays farmers about 50 per cent above the market price for their paddy.
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