Anti-graft panel frees ex-PM Yingluck of any legal action

BANGKOK: The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Wednesday (April 24) passed a resolution with a vote of 6-0 from all commissioners present not to contest the Supreme Court ruling that dismissed the corruption case against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (pic) and revoked the warrant for her arrest.

This development means she no longer has any pending cases with the NACC.

Previously, Yingluck was sentenced to five years in prison by the Supreme Court for her involvement in the mismanagement of a rice-pledging scheme where damages were not mitigated.

Additionally, she faced another case where the Supreme Court dismissed the charges related to the transfer of Thawil Pliensri, the former secretary general of the National Security Council (NSC). The Office of the Attorney General did not appeal this decision.

In the corruption case, in 2022, the NACC filed a lawsuit against Yingluck and others, accusing them of committing malfeasance and nonfeasance to unfairly help two publications – Matichon Plc and Siam Sport – with a public relations project.

The lawsuit alleged that Yingluck and the five other defendants had caused damages of Bt239.7 million to the country by approving the roadshow project being granted to the two publications without properly inviting bids for the project.

Last month, the Supreme Court said there was no evidence that Yingluck and others had improperly approved funding for the project, or of interfering or choosing the two publications before the roadshow was implemented.

It also noted that after the 2014 coup that ousted her government, a committee was set up to examine the issue, and no illegality was found.

Yingluck has been living in self-exile for nearly 10 years. - The Nation/ANN

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