Thailand’s supreme court found former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of negligence and sentenced her to 5 years in jail. Although she faced a jail term of up to 10 years, the court felt that she did not benefit from the corruption involved in the rice subsidy case. According to Al Jazeera, Supreme Court judges took almost four hours to read the verdict. It was said that she was guilty of negligence over mismanaging a rice subsidy scheme wherein cash was pumped into her family’s rural base. This act has caused Thailand $8bn in financial losses.
The 50-year-old former PM’s lawyers informed the court that she was absent in court during the Supreme Court ruling which was read on August 25 because she was ill.
According to reports, it is said that she might have fled the country, possibly to Dubai, to join her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He went into exile, fleeing a Supreme Court verdict, in 2008.