Government slams call for rice checks

Sansern says move is a bid to favour Yingluck

Government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd (inset) sees a conspiracy between politicians and rice-mill owners to call for an inspection of rice stocks under regime control. (File photos)

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd has accused politicians and rice mill owners who are calling for a new inspection of rice stocks under the controversial rice-pledging scheme of being part of a politically-motivated movement.

Lt Gen Sansern said it was no coincidence the movement comes just before the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions is to hand down its ruling in the rice-pledging case against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Aug 25.

"This could be seen as an attempt to create some kind of impact on the case or a bid to draw public sympathy for Ms Yingluck," he said.

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