NACC gives PM more time to defend rice charges


BANGKOK, 14 March 2014  The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has given Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend her charges regarding government’s rice subsidy program. 

According to NACC secretary-general Sansern Poljieak, Miss Yingluck has been given 15 more days to defend herself against charges of negligence over the rice subsidy scheme.

PM Yingluck will be given until March 29th, to defend the rice scheme, pushed back from the original date of March 14th. If Miss Yingluck was found guilty, the allegations could force her to step down as prime minister.

In February, the NACC decided to press charges against the Thai Premier for negligence of duty. The charges are linked with the financial loss of the government’s rice support program as well as her failure to stop corruption as chairperson overseeing the program.