Police anticipate that 300 to 400 supporters will travel to the Supreme Court in Bangkok next Wednesday, when a verdict in the case against fugitive ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be read, almost certainly in her absence.
The Metropolitan Police Bureau will take care of security around the court compound on the day without asking for additional forces from other police divisions, said bureau chief Pol Lt-General Sanit Mahathavorn on Wednesday.
“There is the sheerest possibility that the ex-PM will show up on the day. Consequently, not many of her supporters are expected to be there,” Sanit said. “Still, the bureau will equip our full forces then.”
The verdict regarding Yingluck’s alleged negligence in preventing corruption in the implementation of her government’s rice-pledging scheme was due to be read on August 25. However, it was postponed when Yingluck’s lawyer told the judges that she was “sick” and could not make it to court.
While Yingluck still nowhere to be seen, the verdict will eventually be read out on September 27.
If found guilty, the former prime minister could face up to 10 years in jail a lifetime ban from politics.
According to informed sources, the Police Special Branch Bureau estimated that about 300 supporters from Bangkok will be present on Wednesday.