Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday released a statement, attacking the National Anti-Corruption Commission for its discriminatory practices in the rice-pledging case.
She questioned if the NACC’s enquiry process meets international standards. "It took only 21 days to notify me of the charges and within 140 days, it resolved that I’m guilty as charged – something that has never happened in never other cases.”
She also noted that NACC chose to hear witnesses who are her opponents. The resolution was also reached without waiting for the completion of the rice stock check.
The NACC reached its judgement on Thursday.
She denied that she planned to escape legal prosecution in the rice-pledging case, saying she planned her Europe trip long before the anti-graft agency decided to prosecute her.
In her press statement, Yingluck said the trip was personal.
“I am now an ordinary people and I should have the same rights as all Thais. I hereby affirm that I will not abandon Thais and will be ready to return to Thailand,” her statement read.