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Rice-pledging Scheme

Yingluck's lawyer seeks to delay defence by 45 days

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's lawyer yesterday sought to defer the submission of her defence statement on rice-pledging scheme to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), by another 45 days.

The lawyer, Norawit Lalaeng, citing time constraints for the postponement, reasoned that he had obtained a copy of the charges and evidence totalling 49 pages from the NACC only on Tuesday, which means he had just two days to study them.

The NACC has charged Yingluck of dereliction of duty related to irregularities in the rice pledging scheme.

Norawit said the NACC should provide information in addition to what has been listed in the 49 pages because it was accusing Yingluck of committing a number of wrongdoings related to the scheme, ranging from distortion of market mechanisms to corruption at every process.

He said he did not find any evidence for these charges in the 49-page document. Hhad asked for additional evidence, but NACC officials told him that he was only allowed these 49 pages and nothing else.


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