Former Thai PM appears in court to answer junta charges

Junta claims corruption and losses from rice subsidy scheme she managed while PM totalled $8.20 billion

Former Thai PM appears in court to answer junta charges

World Bulletin / News Desk

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has appeared in court to give testimony against charges of negligence levied at her by the military junta.

Yingluck, flanked by hundred of red-clad supporters, appeared outside the court steps Friday where she called for a fair trial.

"I know that the rice [subsidy] scheme benefited hundreds of poor farmers around the country," she told reporters.

The junta said earlier this week that corruption and losses from the scheme totaled 287 billion baht ($8.20 billion).

The former premier also urged citizens to get out and vote Sunday, when the country holds a constitutional referendum, adding that it was an important moment for Thailand.

Yingluck released a statement on social media Tuesday saying she would reject the suggested constitution because it was undemocratic.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ağustos 2016, 09:51