Corruption charges filed against Yingluck Shinawatra as Thai police battle protesters

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Yingluck-ShinawatraAs the protests to topple the Thailand government continue unabated, with two people being killed in the capital on Tuesday, caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra claimed that the anti-government protest leaders were cashing in on the discontent among rice farmers who haven’t been paid as stipulated in a rice scheme initiated by her.

Meanwhile, Yingluck, the head of National Rice Committee, has also been summoned to face corruption charges regarding her rice subsidy scheme on Feb 27as Thailand’s anti-corruption body has filed charges against her, reported the Reuters.

Addressing the nation in a televised speech today, the caretaker PM urged the protesters not to use the rice farmers’ agonies to score brownie points in their protests against the government.

Urging the protest leaders to sympathize with the farmers, Shinawatra told them to stop using them, Xinhua reported.

The government was trying to shell out money either by selling stockpiled rice or by seeking loans from financial institutions, the report quoted her as saying.

Yingluck chose the speech to speak well of her rice subsidy scheme that she pioneered as a tool to boost rural income.