BANGKOK (AP) — The office of Thailand’s attorney general has announced plans to indict ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her role in overseeing a rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars.
Surasak Threerattrakul, the director general of the OAG’s Department, said Friday that Yingluck will face criminal charges for negligence of duty as a state official.
No date has been set for the formal indictment, but if charged Yingluck faces 10 years in jail.
The charges came hours before Thailand’s junta-appointed legislature is due to vote on whether to impeach Yingluck for the rice program.
If impeached, Yingluck would be banned from politics for five years.