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Former Thai PM Yingluck returns home as legal threat lingers

Published on Aug 11, 2014 4:53 PM
 
Thailand's deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra smiles as she arrives at Suvarnabhumi International airport in Bangkok on July 23, 2014. Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has returned home from a trip overseas, putting an end to speculation she would stay away from Thailand as prosecutors decide whether to indict her for mismanaging a state rice-buying scheme. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has returned home from a trip overseas, putting an end to speculation she would stay away from Thailand as prosecutors decide whether to indict her for mismanaging a state rice-buying scheme.

Ms Yingluck arrived at Bangkok's Don Muang airport close to midnight on Sunday, her aide Wim Roongwattanajinda told Reuters, adding that her lawyers were ready to fight the case.

Mr Yingluck was forced by a court to step down on May 7 for abusing her power by transferring a top state official. The military ousted her government in a coup on May 22. She faces jail and a political ban if the rice case goes to court and she is convicted of dereliction of duty.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) says the rice-buying scheme, the flagship policy that brought her to power in 2011, had incurred billions of dollars in losses that she failed to stem. She has rejected the allegations.

 
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