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Thai graft body: ex-PM Yingluck guilty of rice scheme negligence

Reuters | Thursday, May 8, 2014

BANGKOK - 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.

"The committee has investigated and there is enough evidence to make a case ... We will now forward it to the Senate," said Panthep Klanarong, president of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

If found guilty by the Senate, Yingluck could be banned from politics for five years.

The decision comes a day after Yingluck was thrown out of office for abuse of power by the Constitutional Court.

Under the subsidy scheme, a flagship policy of Yingluck's administration, the state paid farmers way above market prices for their rice.

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