Yingluck faces ban from politics

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Copy of iol pic wld_THAILAND-PROTEST-_0507_11 Reuters Thailand's former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, addresses reporters in Bangkok. Picture: Athit Perawongmetha

Bangkok - Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission found former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra 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. - Reuters

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