First female Thai PM sentenced to 5 years in jail

Today, former Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra was sentenced to 5 years in jail. The country's first female prime minister fled Thailand last month.
Shinawatra Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Today (Wednesday), the Thai Supreme Court unanimously sentenced the country's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to 5 years in jail. According to her lawyer, they will file an appeal against the ruling.

Shinawatra, the first female prime minister of the country, fled Thailand last month after being convicted in a rice subsidy scheme, which cost the country billions of dollars.

Protests in Thailand Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

In 2014, a military coup impeached the former prime minister. Last month, the Thai Trade Minister who served in Shinawatra's administration was sentenced to 42 years in jail in the same affair.

Chan-o-cha Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Shinawatra was accused of buying large quantities of rice from farmers at above market prices in order to please rural voters, something that disrupted the country's grain reserves and hurt exports.

Current Prime Minister of Thailand Prayuth Chan-o-cha told reporters that he knows where Shinawatra is but will not reveal her whereabouts until after the verdict is published.

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