Thai ex-PM sentenced to 5 years in jail for negligence

Sep 27, 2017, 5:31 AM EDT
Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has reportedly fled to Dubai.
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Thailand’s Supreme Court handed down 5-year jail term to former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra after holding her guilty of negligence in handling a rice subsidy scheme that resulted in at least $8bn (£6bn) in losses.

Yingluck, who lost power in 2014 and was later impeached, has reportedly fled to Dubai to join his brother former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who is also evading a 2008 sentence over graft, writes ABC News.

Yingluck, who still remains a popular figure for her core constituency of rural and poor voters, has argued that she didn’t control the daily affairs of the scheme and that she’s a victim of political vendetta, notes the BBC.