Arrest warrant to be issued for former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra

An arrest warrant for former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is under consideration by Thailand’s Supreme Court after she failed to appear in court to hear the verdict in her two-year negligence trial.

Court was informed on Friday by Yingluck’s lawyer Norawit Larleang that she was sick and couldn’t attend the hearing but failed to provide a medical certificate leaving the court no choice but to reject the excuse. Later on speaking to local media he said he didn’t know whether the former prime minister was in Thailand or currently outside the country.

She had posted bail money of 30 million baht ($900,000) when the trial began more than two years ago is confiscated now.

Ms Yingluck, former Thai leader may faces up to 10 years in prison for alleged negligence, which cost the country billions of dollars over a rice-buying scheme. September 27 has been set as new date for the verdict of court.

Large numbers of Yingluck’s supporters were waiting outside the court for the verdict but quickly disappeared when the absence of the former Prime Minister was announced.

3,000 Thai police officers were deployed to the streets ahead of the hearing in order to control potential protests. More than 1,000 supporters had gathered to hear the verdict. They were lining up behind barricades in nearby streets.

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