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Thai anti-graft body indicts ex-PM

Published on May 8, 2014 5:35 PM
Anti-government protesters carry signs against ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as they march in central Bangkok on May 8, 2014. Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission found former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra guilty of negligence on Thursday over a financially ruinous state rice-buying scheme and she now faces a ban from politics after a Senate hearing. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Thailand’s former caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was on Thursday indicted by the nation’s anti-graft body for negligence in a state rice purchase scheme, putting her at risk of impeachment by the Senate.

Ms Yingluck was on Wednesday forced out of office by the Constitutional Court, which ruled that she had abused her power to benefit a relative in a 2011 transfer of a senior official.

Nine other ministers were relieved of their duties too.

The decision on Thursday by the National Anti-Corruption Commission, however, means that she could be banned from politics for five years if three-fifths of the 150-member Senate choose to impeach her.

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