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Yingluck's lawyer seeks to delay presentation of defence by 45 days

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's lawyer Wednesday filed a request with the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to defer the submission of her defence statement, which is due Friday, by 45 days. Yingluck faces charges of dereliction of duty over the rice-pledging scheme.

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

He also said the NACC should provide more information than 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.

He said he had asked for additional evidence, but NACC officials told him that he was only allowed these 49 pages and nothing else.


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