Former Thai PM Yingluck banned from politics for five years
Updated: 2015-01-23 14:50
Ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra delivers her statement at the National Legislative Assembly meeting in Bangkok January 22, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]
BANGKOK - Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was impeached by the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Friday for dereliction of duty in a controversial rice subsidy scheme.
The decision was approved by a vote of 190-18, with eight abstentions.
Yingluck, 47, was banned from politics for five years.
Earlier in the morning, the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) announced that it would launch a criminal case against Yingluck for negligence in the same rice scheme.
Citing sufficient evidence, the OAG said it would forward the criminal charges to the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions in one month.
If found guilty, Yingluck could face a maximum jail term of 10 years.