Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Pic: AP.

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s anti-corruption agency says it will investigate the assets of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and four members of her Cabinet involved in a controversial rice subsidy program.

The move by the National Anti-Corruption Commission follows a May 22 military coup that overthrew the elected government Yingluck had led. She was forced from office herself by a court ruling earlier in May that she had abused her authority in approving the transfer of a high-level civil servant.

Regimes that come to power through a coup usually seek to publicize alleged corruption by the governments they overthrew as a way of discrediting them and justifying their own takeover.

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