Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra Friday denied that she planned to escape legal prosecution in the rice-pledging case, saying she has planned her Europe trip long before the anti-graft agency decided to prosecute her.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission resolved Thursday to send her case to the Office of the Attorney General to charge her in the Supreme Court’s Division for Holders of Political Office.
Speaking in her press statement, Yingluck said the trip would be a personal one prepared before the NACC reached the decision.
“Now, I am an ordinary people and I should have the rights like all Thais. I hereby affirm that I will not abandon Thais and will be ready to return to Thailand,” her statement said.