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Tim Newton

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Fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been sentenced to a five-year jail term.

The Supreme Court took almost three hours to read the verdict on Yingluck’s alleged negligence in her government’s rice-pledging scheme.

The former Prime Minister, ousted by the current military-led Government in 2014, wasn’t at the Court to hear today’s verdict.

She fled the country on August 23, two days before the original date to read the Supreme Court verdict on August 25. Speculation suggests that she is currently in Dubai or the UK. The Thai PM, Prayut Chon-o-cha, said yesterday that he knew her current whereabouts but refused to elaborate at the time saying he will reveal more after today’s verdict was over.

 

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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