Yingluck to appeal after first court rejected her case

Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra will appeal her case against the former attorney-general and three other state prosecutors to the Appeal Court after the first court dropped her case yesterday.

Her lawyer Norrawit Larlaeng posted on his Facebook page today that Ms Yingluck has insisted to appeal her case as she felt the rejection of her case by the Criminal Court could discourage her to present important evidences that have been well prepared to defend herself.

One of such evidences was the meeting of the joint committee comprising the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) and the Attorney-General, he said.

She insisted to exercise her right to appeal in accordance with the justice system, the lawyer said.

In her lawsuit filed against former attorney-general Trakul Winitnaiyapak and three prosecutors, Ms Yingluck  claimed irregularities in her indictment by the Supreme Court in relation to the rice-pledging scheme.

As The Nation reported, She stated that Mr Trakul and the prosecutors had charged her with malfeasance over the rice scheme despite knowing that their case against her had loopholes that required more investigation.

She accused him of framing her because the NACC had not included corruption among her alleged offences but he had.

She also accused him of unlawfully filing over 60,000 pages of evidence even though these documents were not discussed during the joint investigation.

But the Criminal Court said it did not find Mr Trakul commit any offence as she claimed.

Instead it pointed out that the former attorney-general had filed charges with the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders that clearly stated that the NACC had determined that she had committed offences.

It then rejected her case reasoning that her suit only cited interviews by the media with no documental evidence to prove.