Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was set to be formally indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme Thursday in the latest legal move against her polarising family that could see her jailed for up to a decade.
Dozens of anti-coup activists held a demonstration in central Bangkok Saturday, handing out roses and copies of George Orwell`s "1984" -- a rare expression of public dissent in a nation still under strict martial law.
Thailand`s top court has ordered another key member of the embattled Shinawatra family to face trial, an official said Wednesday, as the wealthy but wildly divisive clan become further snared in legal challenges.
Opponents of former Thai leader Yingluck Shinawatra were trying to discredit her by spreading false rumours that she would flee abroad before she is due to face criminal charges this month, her lawyer said on Wednesday.
Thailand`s toppled former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been banned from travelling overseas because graft charges carrying up to a decade in jail will be formally laid against her later this month, officials said Monday.
A prominent leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement and a former minister on Friday became the latest critics of Thailand`s junta forced to report to barracks for "attitude adjustment" as the military ramps up its campaign against dissent.
Thailand`s junta chief said Wednesday he was "upset" by comments from a senior US diplomat during a recent visit criticising the military regime, as Washington`s top envoy in Bangkok was summoned for a meeting with Thai officials.
Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra`s Puea Thai Party vowed on Monday it would not retaliate a five-year political ban imposed on the ousted leader, and a party heavyweight said they could survive without the powerful family.
The political future of embattled former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra will be determined Friday when the junta-appointed parliament votes on whether to impeach her, in a move that could reignite the country`s bitter divisions.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday he had not ordered his military-dominated legislature to vote against ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra when her impeachment hearing concludes this week.
Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to appear at her second impeachment hearing on Friday, sending ministers involved in a controversial rice subsidy programme to answer questions from parliamentarians critical of her absence.
Impeachment proceedings against Thailand's first woman premier on Friday began with Yingluck Shinawatra's impassioned defence of her loss-making rice subsidy scheme before a military-backed legislature, a move seen as a bid to keep her powerful family out of politics.
Thailand's military-appointed legislature began impeachment hearings on Friday against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a move analysts say is aimed at ensuring the ousted leader stays out of politics for the foreseeable future.
Thailand`s legislature will start impeachment hearings this week against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who faces a lengthy political ban that could test a delicate calm established after a military coup last year.