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Yingluck faces indictment over compensation payouts

Jul 26. 2017
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By The Nation

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) would indict former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and 33 of her former Cabinet members in September on grounds that they had approved compensation for political victims during the unrest between 2005-2010 without any legal grounds to back up their decision.

NACC commissioner Supa Piyajitti said on Wednesday that the NACC was investigating the case and should be able to deliver the indictment in the next couple of months.

In May 2015, the NACC accused Yingluck’s Cabinet of approving Bt2 billion in compensation for the victims of 2005-2010 political protests. The accused group comprises Yingluck, four former deputy PMs, 19 ex-ministers and 10 ex-deputy ministers.

Approved in 2011, the compensation was allocated from the central reserved budget to be used in case of emergency and necessity.

The NACC said that the regulations and compensation rates were newly drafted and did not follow the Budget Procedure Act.

Such wrongful negligence caused damage to the national treasury reserves, it said.

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