Lawyers acknowledge PM rice charge

Two lawyers acting on behalf of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reported to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Thursday to acknowledge charges for neglecting to stop corruption in the government's rice-pledging scheme.

Norawich Lalaeng and Bancha Parameesanaporn met the NACC at its temporary office at the Nonthaburi Municipality with an assignment letter from the prime minister.

The letter authorised the lawyers to acknowledge the NACC's charges on Ms Yingluck's behalf, to testify or submit a statement and evidence in her defence, and to request copies of case investigation reports for examination.

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is accused of knowing about corruption in the rice-pledging scheme and failing to stop it. 

The anti-graft agency said she ignored warnings that the rice scheme was fostering corruption and causing financial losses. She has been charged with dereliction of duty, which could lead to a five-year ban from politics.

Ms Yingluck assigned her legal team to answer the charges at an NACC hearing, as she completed the second day of an official trip to the North.

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Discussion 1 : 01/03/2014 at 05:31 PM
Teflon Photo Op PM Yingluck always has an answer for why she's not responsible or available for what should be her most important meeting of the day, responding to the NCAA. She chaired the Rice Committee and campaigned on a Rice Scheme built on deception and open corruption. She claims to have a degree and management experience (only with and at her families' run businesses) and the Thai Rice Scheme was built on the idea of being able to manipulate the world supply and price for rice! Everyone and anyone involved in creating the scheme and implementing it and selling it to the people ought to be brought before the NCAA.
Discussion 2 : 28/02/2014 at 09:53 AM
She is too busy doing the meet and greet photo-op up north, which suddenly had to be done. Same, she was always too busy for the Rice Committee, which she chaired. Who sits in for her as Defence Minister?
Discussion 3 : 27/02/2014 at 07:08 PM
On the subject of rice.What happened to the U-Turn rice farmers who were promised payment in a week and who threatened to be back if they weren't paid.. Isn't it already a week since they decided to return home?
Discussion 4 : 27/02/2014 at 06:31 PM
"Was fostering corruption and causing financial losses". Why aren't they arresting those suspected of the corruption? If financial losses of a scheme are a crime for a politician to face, there will not be many free politicians in the world as most govt schemes lose money. There appears to be a lack of understanding of the difference between that which can be proven to be corrupt and just a bad financial decision. If causing financial loss is no longer acceptable, every subsidised activity has to be considered in the same manner.
Discussion 5 : 27/02/2014 at 05:37 PM
I wonder if she will continue with the "I'm not responsible for policy execution" and "I didn't know".

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