Re: Yingluck must face rice scheme trial, Opinion, July 30, 2014.
Tulsathit Taptim was right in that the legal proceedings Yingluck Shinawatra is facing are dissimilar to those her big brother Thaksin was facing when he was sentenced to two years’ jail in the Ratchada-phisek land-purchase case.
Yingluck is facing two accusations: that her government intentionally engendered widespread and chronic corruption in the rice price-pledging scheme; and that she was involved in the alleged graft.
My opinion is that, if Yingluck returns to Thailand to fight her case, it will be because she wants to protect her innocence and dignity: Her coming back will be of her own volition.
However, if she does not come back, it will be because Thaksin has ordered her to stay away.
According to my own observations, there are only two persons in the Shinawatra family who have influence over Thaksin: his former wife Pojaman and his youngest daughter, Paetongtarn.
Other family members are under Thaksin’s control.