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    Sep 30, 2015

    Yingluck sues A-G over conduct in rice case


    THAILAND'S former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, on trial for allegedly mishandling her government's rice subsidy scheme, sued Attorney-General Trakul Winitnaiyaphak yesterday for his conduct in the case.

    Yingluck faces up to 10 years' jail if she is found guilty of negligence in an ongoing trial at the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions over the now defunct rice pledging scheme.

    In her lawsuit filed at Bangkok's Criminal Court yesterday, she alleged that the Attorney-General indicted her "without sufficient examination of materials, evidence and witnesses that were deemed relevant and valuable to the case".

    He had also included some 60,000 pages of material that were not present in previous investigations on her, which she charged was illegal.

    Late last month, Yingluck had petitioned for the Supreme Court to delay the trial and reject these additional documents as well as witnesses presented by the state prosecutors. That request was turned down.

    The Criminal Court will now decide within seven days whether to accept Yingluck's lawsuit.

    Thailand's first female prime minister was ousted from premiership by a Constitutional Court ruling in May last year, shortly before the remnants of her government was toppled by a military coup.