Ousted Yingluck to face impeachment over rice-pledging scheme

national May 08, 2014 00:00

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Deposed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will face impeachment in the upper house over a costly rice-pledging scheme in a ruling which could see her banned from politics for five years.

"The commission considers there is enough evidence to indict (Yingluck) and refers (the case) to the Senate," Panthep Klanarongran, chief of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) said in a press conference.

NACC on Thursday unanimously agreed to indict Yingluck for allegedly having intent to exercise power against Article 178 of the Constitution concerning rice-pledging scheme.

The anti-graft agency will forward the case to the Senate to seek Yingluck’s impeachment. If found guilty, Yingluck, who was removed from the premiership on Wednesday over abuse of power over unlawful transfer of a senior official, will be banned from politics for five years.

The anti-graft agency will further investigate to decide whether to take criminal charge against Yingluck for allegedly dereliction of duty under Section 157 of the Criminal Court and Negligence of duty under the Commission Act BA 2542.