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Beleaguered Thai PM Yingluck pleads for justice, fair treatment

Published on Apr 8, 2014 5:19 PM
 
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (Center) arrives at the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in Nonthaburi province on March 31, 2014. With legal cases against her mounting, embattled Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded on Tuesday for fair and proper treatment from the national anti-corruption commission and Thailand's Constitutional Court. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - With legal cases against her mounting, embattled Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded on Tuesday for fair and proper treatment from the national anti-corruption commission and Thailand's Constitutional Court.

Thailand's political crisis looks set to enter a new, potentially turbulent phase as Ms Yingluck faces at least two legal cases that could see her removed from office in coming weeks, a move that is likely to jolt her supporters in to action and bring the country closer, some fear, to civil strife.

"I ask that the Constitutional Court and National Anti-Corruption Commision use fair treatment when they deliberate the cases against me. I ask for the same treatment that past political office holders have received," Ms Yingluck told reporters in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Her supporters have accused the Constitutional Court of bias in frequently ruling against the government. They also question the speed with which the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has pursued her over a failed government rice subsidy scheme. The scheme has run up huge losses and left hundreds of thousands of farmers unpaid.

 
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