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NACC grants premier 15-day extension on presenting defence

National Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Panthep Klanarongran said the NACC would give caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra another 15 days to come up with her defence in the case of alleged dereliction of duty related to the rice-pledging scheme.

He said she would only be given an extension once, and if she wishes to put forward additional evidence, the NACC would consider it on a case-by-case basis.

The deadline for Yingluck to present her defence was originally scheduled for today, but on Wednesday, her lawyer asked for a 45-day extension.

Stinking rally

After the NACC began its meeting at 9am, the pro-government faction People's Radio Media Group showed up at about 10am to rally outside, armed with bags of excrement.

The red shirts had previously rallied outside the NACC headquarters, but stopped the protest on March 3 when the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee suspended its "Bangkok shutdown" campaign at several intersections in the capital and moved its operations to Lumpini Park.

Yesterday, the group filled a coffin with sanitary napkins and excrement and put it in front of a banner featuring the face of NACC member Vicha Mahakun, before setting the coffin on fire. They later threw bags of faeces at the banner hung at the agency's gates.

Sornrak Malaithong, leader of the group, said the NACC had to explain why Vicha was allowed to be on duty when he has not been royally endorsed.

The group left at about 1pm, and NACC staff removed the banner and asked the fire brigade to help clean the area.

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