Thailand’s ousted PM Yingluck insists she won’t flee chargesBy AP News Jul 18, 2014 3:21PM UTC
BANGKOK (AP) — Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she will fight charges related to her ousted government’s rice subsidy program, vowing to return to Thailand after her trip overseas.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Yingluck for dereliction of duty for failing to halt the program, which was plagued with losses. Her case goes to prosecutors to file with the courts.
At her first news conference since losing her job in May, Yingluck said Friday the case against her was unfairly rushed.
Yingluck said her trip outside Thailand was planned before the commission’s ruling. Many believe she will travel to France to celebrate the birthday of her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a coup and fled a corruption conviction in 2008.