PM con­victed

African Independent - - NEWS -

BANGKOK: Thai­land’s Supreme Court con­victed and sen­tenced for­mer prime min­is­ter Yingluck Shi­nawa­tra in ab­sen­tia to five years in prison on Wed­nes­day for mis­man­ag­ing a rice sub­sidy scheme that cost the coun­try bil­lions of dol­lars. Yingluck fled abroad last month fear­ing that the Thai mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment, which was es­tab­lished after a coup in 2014, would seek an ex­tremely harsh sen­tence for her. – Reuters

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