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Thai caretaker PM gets 15-day delay in testifying

English.news.cn   2014-03-13 22:34:26

BANGKOK, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's National Anti- Corruption Commission (NACC) has given caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra 15 more days to prepare testimony over the alleged negligence of duty in the rice subsidy scheme.

NACC secretary-general Sansern Poljiea was quoted by Bangkok Post as saying on Thursday that the decision was made on Wednesday.

Yingluck, who was due to give her testimony on Friday, had sought through her legal team a 45-day postponement.

The team has not been given enough time to prepare a defense, Yingluck's lawyer Norawit Lalaeng said earlier, adding the 49-page report given by the NACC to the legal team did not contain full details of allegations against Yingluck.

The Thai government started buying rice from farmers at above- market prices in 2011 to increase rural income, fulfilling a campaign pledge by the Pheu Thai Party, which won a parliamentary election that year.

The scheme has been widely criticised for fueling massive and rampant corruption.

Yingluck is currently on a trip to northeastern and northern provinces affected by drought.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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