Rice scheme charges delayed on Yingluck

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BANGKOK: Thai authorities on Thursday delayed a ruling on whether deposed former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra will face criminal charges —carrying up to 10 years in jail—over a loss-making rice subsidy scheme. The attorney general’s office said it needed more time to investigate Yingluck’s involvement in the controversial scheme, which became a clarion call for protests against her now toppled government. “There is not enough evidence to take legal action against former Prime Minister Yingluck as accused by the National Anti-Corruption Commission,” Wanchai Rojanawong, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, said at a press conference in Bangkok.

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