BANGKOK 17 January 2014 — Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is under investigation by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) in relation to the government’s rice pledging scheme’s suspected corruption.
The Premier will today head to a meeting at the Ministry of Interior to be updated on the current political situation. Reports have indicated that one of the meeting’s agenda is the NACC’s orders to investigate Ms. Yingluck’s involvement in the government’s rice pledging scheme.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) have unanimously agreed that an investigation was needed to determine whether or not Ms. Yingluck, also acting as Chair of the National Rice Policy Committee, failed or neglected to stop the alleged corruption in the rice pledging scheme during her tenure, in violation of Section 157 of the criminal code.
Ms. Yingluck has 15 days to explain herself and provide the NACC with documents in defense against the allegation.