• Thai PM given more time in legal case


    BANGKOK: Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday gave crisis-mired Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to submit her defense against allegations of abuse of power which could see her removed from office. The premier, who is facing a cascade of legal challenges to her tenure as well as months of sometimes violent street protests, must give her defense by May 2, the court said in a statement. The case pivots on the transfer of then-national security chief Thawil Pliensri after Yingluck was elected in 2011. A group of senators filed a complaint to the court over Thawil’s transfer, saying it was carried out for the benefit of Yingluck’s party. Under the Thai constitution—drawn up after a 2006 coup that ousted Yingluck’s brother Thaksin Shinawatra as premier — such an offence could lead to her sacking.


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