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Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday remained tight-lipped over whether she will meet the National Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday to defend herself against charges of negligence of duty in overseeing the rice-pledging scheme. 

Ms Yingluck told reporters that she still has to consult her lawyers and will announce on Monday if she will clarify her position over allegations that she failed to address corruption in the scheme before the panel by herself or assign her lawyers to submit a written clarification on her behalf.
Asked if her clarification would carry enough weight to defend herself, she said she had not yet received all of the documents related to the case that she had sought from the anti-graft agency, including from some state agencies involved in the rice subsidy scheme.

She repeated her earlier comments that she was wondering whether the panel was treating her fairly like other holders of political positions, saying the NACC appeared to rush her case as it took just 21 days to lay formal charges against her.    

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