The Supreme court of Thailand on Wednesday sentenced in absentia former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to imprisonment for a term of five years, reported AP.
The court found Shinawatra guilty of criminal negligence in implementing the program for the procurement of rice from farmers. Herself former head of the government of Thailand in the courtroom did not appear. According to some, she secretly left the country last month. It may be in Singapore or the United Arab Emirates.
Earlier, former Prime Minister of Thailand has stated that he considers all the requirements in her address the charges politically motivated.
Yingluck Shinawatra led the government from 2011 to 2014. According to the investigators, its policy for subsidizing purchases of rice from producers, when the government paid farmers at the price twice above market, has become a “breeding ground for corruption.”