Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra proclaims innocence as cr

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Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra proclaims innocence as cr

Post by Anchor Moy » Tue May 19, 2015 8:20 pm

The political circus in Thailand continues:
Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisted on her innocence at the start of a trial on Tuesday that could see her jailed for a decade, part of what observers say is a vendetta against her family.

It is the latest legal move against Yingluck – the sister of the fugitive billionaire former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra – whose administration was toppled in a military coup nearly a year ago.

A guilty conviction could deliver a blow to the political dominance of her family, but it also risks stirring up its grassroots “red shirt” supporters who have been largely inactive since the May 2014 coup.

About 50 supporters gathered outside Thailand’s supreme court on the northern outskirts of Bangkok, including more than a dozen members of Yingluck’s Pheu Thai party, a highly unusual sight in a country where political gatherings of more than five people remain banned by the junta.

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