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Decision on Yingluck trial set for March 19
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PHUKET: Public prosecutors indicted ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday for negligence and filed criminal charges at the Supreme Court, in a case that could result in a jail term of up to 10 years.

The charges stem from the Yingluck government’s controversial rice-pledging scheme, which caused 600 billion baht losses to the state.

“We have indicted former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra for dereliction of duty,” said Chutichai Sakhakorn, director-general of the Office of the Attorney-General’s Special Litigation Department.

In filing the case, public prosecutors submitted 20 boxes of documents relating to the case, said Kosonwat Inthujanyong, deputy spokesman for the Office.

The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions will decide on March 19 whether to accept this case for trial, court secretary Theerathai Charoenwong said.

The court’s general meeting will be held within 14 days to vote on the selection of nine judges to hear the case, according to the court secretary.

He said that according to the Penal Code, dereliction of duty carried a jail term of between one and 10 years, and a fine of between 2,000 and 20,000 baht.

Under anti-corruption law, he said the same offence carried a jail term of one to 10 years, and a fine of 20,000 to 200,000 baht.

Ms Yingluck did not attend the indictment but she was represented by her legal team.

Her lawyer Norawich Lalaeng said she had no plans to travel overseas following rumors she might try to flee the country.

He said Ms Yingluck was not obliged to appear during the indictment because she was not yet a defendant but she would report to the court if the case went on trial.

He also submitted to the attorney-general Ms Yingluck’s appeal for fair treatment in this case. Mr Kosonwat accepted the letter. Ms Yingluck has no concerns about the legal cases against her and is ready to fight all of them, Mr Norawich said.

He said Ms Yingluck’s legal team would discuss next week what to do in response to the expected filing of a civil case against ms Yingluck by the Finance Ministry in which 600bn baht in damages would be sought as a result of the rice scheme.

The Finance Ministry will next week discuss with legal experts from the Office of the Attorney-General and Council of State about pursuing a civil case against Ms Yingluck and other members of her government who are considered responsible for damages stemming from the rice scheme, permanent secretary Rungson Sriworasat said yesterday.

The meeting will discuss this matter in detail, such as whether the Finance Ministry should be considered a damaged party, he said.

A source close to Ms Yingluck said she felt she was being treated unfairly, and that she had implemented the rice scheme with good intentions.

“She has accepted her fate but is determined to fight the case to the end. She will not escape ,” the source said.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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Covid UPDATE Wednesday: 3,394 new infections and 29 deaths

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Today the public health department has reported 3, 394 new cases and 29 new Covid-related deaths. As usual we will have an update of all the provincial totals this afternoon. 1,498 of today’s cases come from Thailand’s prisons (more below).

β€’ Roll up, roll up your sleeves. But the Thai PM says… hold on! PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has poured cold water on walk-in vaccination centres for Covid vaccinations. In the past week the public health department has been rushing to set up private vaccination locations around the country to hasten the roll out of vaccines for the first public vaccine category next month.

PM Prayut told a cabinet meeting yesterday he didn’t prefer the idea of the walk-in centres (Central Lad Phrao was already to open as yesterday) because “people would turn up in droves causing chaos”. He was particularly worried about centre around Bangkok where there is a population of 8 million+

The PM has asked that the Mor Prom app is working properly with registrations preferred so the Government can monitor the demand and act accordingly. The government says they’re working on an English, and other languages, version of Mor Prom to open registration for non-Thais soon.

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The appeal, made in a letter to Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga and comes amid concerns that the health-care system in Asia’s second-largest economy cannot accommodate both the potential medical needs of thousands of international athletes, coaches and media while fighting yet another spike in coronavirus infections.

β€’ The Chon Buri (including Pattaya) public health officials announced 39 new and confirmed cases of Covid and 1 more death today. According to The Pattaya News, “officials are asking for the public to remain working from home if possible and especially to avoid small social gatherings with people who are not members of your own household until the situation improves”.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | FRB

 

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Police in Pattaya arrested 20 people last night at a local restaurant where alcohol was reportedly being sold. While Chon Buri recently eased disease control restrictions, now allowing restaurants in the province to offer dine-in services again, alcohol sales and consumption at restaurants are still prohibited.

Saewana restaurant was raided at around 11pm last night by officers from Pattaya and the Banglamung district station. Alcohol was served in glasses and the bottles were hidden, police say.

Pattaya News says all 20 people at the restaurant were arrested, including the owner. They face charges for allegedly violating the provincial disease control order. Those who violate the Emergency Decree could face a hefty fine or even imprisonment.

A police officer who spoke to a Pattaya News reporter said that there is a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption at restaurants as the policy has been made clear to the public.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

 

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