Hunt for Yingluck begins (Updated Thursday)

Hunt for Yingluck begins (Updated Thursday)

PM says he will disclose her location after verdict delivered

A fresh manhunt has begun for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra after she was found guilty in absentia of negligence in overseeing a failed rice subsidy scheme and sentenced to five years in prison

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Thursday morning update

Hunt resumes for Yingluck

Aekarach Sattaburuth and Om Jotikasthira

A fresh manhunt has begun for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra after she again failed to show up at a Bangkok court Wednesday and was handed a guilty verdict in absentia, meaning she will now face five years in jail should she ever return to Thailand.

The embattled former premier was on trial for failing to stop graft in her administration's government-to-government (G2G) rice stock sales.

National police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda said once police receive an order to enforce the court ruling they will seek a warrant for her arrest and coordinate with Interpol to track her down.

Wednesday night, the court issued the warrant.

The Royal Thai Police asked all 190 of Interpol's member states to determine Yingluck's whereabouts since Aug 25 but no trace of her has been found so far, said Pol Gen Chakthip.

Deputy police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said Interpol has yet to present any information showing that Yingluck is in the United Kingdom as some media have reported.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday he knows which country she is hiding in. He vowed to reveal where at an unspecified time after the verdict.

Wednesday 15:35 update

The leaks were accurate. Former Prime Minister Ms Yingluck has been found guilty in absentia of negligence in overseeing a failed rice subsidy scheme and sentenced to five years in prison. Her sentence was not suspended.

Here is more from our online reporters

Ms Yingluck is believed to have fled the country last month before the court session on Aug 25 at which the verdict initially was to have been delivered.

She has said the charges are politically motivated.

Her brother also led an elected government that was ousted by the military and lives in exile to avoid a jail term for conflict of interest while prime minister.

(16:30) Some specifics from our online reporters

The court stated that Yingluck had been aware of corruption in government-to-government (G2G) deals with some Chinese state enterprises because House representatives had raised the issue during their no-confidence debates and she had removed Boonsong Teriyapirom from the commerce minister's position on June 30, 2013. Boonsong supervised G2G rice deals.

However, it said, Yingluck failed to stop the delivery of rice under so-called G2G deals which let corruption in those deals continue. The failure was tantamount to dishonest dereliction of duty in violation of the Criminal Code and the anti-corruption law, which justified the five-year jail term.

The court described how the G2G deals with Chinese state enterprises – Guangdong Stationery & Sporting Goods Import & Export Corp and Hainan Grain & Oil Industrial Trading Co – enabled local rice traders to dishonestly obtain the pledged rice from her government and benefit from it.

The court also said that traders involved in previous corrupt rice trading and an assistant to a former MP from her Pheu Thai Party represented the Chinese state enterprises in the rice deals.

The court did not hold Yingluck responsible for other corrupt activities and losses related to the rice scheme, including fake reports on pledged rice as well as rice losses and deterioration, because those were the responsibilities of officials at operational levels.

The court dismissed her claim that the National Anti-Corruption Commission had no authority to examine her role in the rice-pledging scheme.

14:45 Update

The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions began reading the verdict at 11:00am and it was still not finished by 2pm. There have been several stories announcing the verdict in the Thai-language media based on apparent leaks from inside the courtroom, but they have not been confirmed.

Morning story

Yingluck verdict today

Former Prime Minister Ms Yingluck faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of negligence over a costly rice subsidy scheme that helped to bring her to power in a 2011 general election. The verdict is to be delivered today, Wednesday, Sep 27.

Thai television reports say the verdict will likely be read sometime after 11am.

Meanwhile, Ms Yingluck's lawyer Norrawit Larlaeng said outside the Supreme Court this morning that he has had no contact with his client since she reportedly fled the country late last month. He said he did not know where she is.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha apparently has better sources, however. He said on Tuesday that he knows where the ousted former prime minister is but will not disclose her location until after the verdict is delivered.

Ms Yingluck disappeared from Thailand shortly before a Supreme Court verdict scheduled on Aug 25. Her lawyer said she was ill with an ear problem and could not appear in court.

Vocabulary

  • accurate: correct, exact and without any mistakes - ถูกต้อง, แม่นยำ
  • administration: government - รัฐบาล
  • apparent: seeming to be something although it may not be real - ดูเหมือนว่า, ตามที่เห็นภายนอก
  • apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา
  • appear: to go somewhere officially because you are involved in something, such as a trial or inquiry - ปรากฏตัวอย่างเป็นทางการ
  • arrest: (of the police) taking someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม
  • authority: power - อำนาจ
  • aware (adj): knowing that something exists, or to have knowledge or experience of a particular thing - ทราบ, รับรู้
  • benefit: to recieve an advantage - ได้รับประโยชน์
  • claim (noun): saying that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - ข้ออ้าง ข้อกล่าวหา
  • client: a customer or someone who receives services of a lawyer - ลูกความ
  • conflict of interest: a situation in which someone cannot make a fair decision because they will be affected by the results - ผลประโยชน์ทับซ้อน
  • contact (noun): having communication with someone - การติดต่อ การสัมผัส
  • coordinate: to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively - ประสานงานกัน
  • costly (adj): expensive; costing a lot of money, especially more than you want to pay - แพง, ราคาสูง
  • Criminal Code: the systems of laws dealing with crimes and their punishment - ประมวลกฎหมายอาญา
  • deal (noun): a formal agreement, especially in business or politics - ข้อตกลง, การตกลงซื้อขาย, การซื้อขาย
  • deliver (verb): to give a speech, talk, etc. or other official statement - ประกาศ, แจ้ง
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • dereliction of duty: a serious failure to do the things that you are responsible for in your job - การละทิ้งหน้าที่
  • deterioration: a worsening - แย่ลง เลวร้ายลง
  • determine: to discover something by examining evidence to or calculate something - กำหนด, ระบุ, แสดงผล
  • disappear: to move something or someone somewhere where they can no longer be seen - หายไป, สาบสูญ, สูญหาย
  • disclose: to make known to the public - เปิดเผยต่อสาธารณะ
  • dishonest: not honest; intending to trick people - ไม่ซื่อสัตย์
  • dismiss a complaint: (of a court of law) to decide that the charges made against a person or organisation are not correct or proper procedures have not been followed and the case should not be taken to court - ยกฟ้อง
  • embattled: experiencing a lot of problems - ที่ถูกโจมตี
  • enable: to make someone able to do something, or to make something possible - ทำให้เป็นไปได้
  • enforce : to make sure laws are obeyed - บังคับให้ใช้, บังคับให้ทำ, ใช้กำลังบังคับให้ปฏิบัติตาม
  • exile (noun): a person who chooses, or is forced to live away from his or her own country - ผู้ถูกเนรเทศ
  • face: to (likely or possibly) have to deal with a problem - เผชิญ, พบ, เจอ
  • fake: made to look like something real to trick people - ปลอม
  • fled (past of flee): escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there - หนีไป
  • former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน
  • found guilty (verb): convicted; having been proven to have committed a crime by a court of law or other investigating body - ได้รับการพิสูจน์ว่ามีความผิดจริง
  • fresh: new; made or experienced recently - ใหม่, เมื่อเร็วๆนี้, สดๆ ร้อนๆ
  • general election (noun): an election in which all or most members of a given political body are chosen. The term is usually used to refer to elections held for a nation's primary legislative body, as distinguished from by-elections and local elections (Source: Wikipedia) - การเลือกตั้งทั่วไป
  • graft: corruption - การฉ้อโกง
  • ill (adj): sick; not healthy - ป่วย, ไม่สบาย
  • in absentia: while not present at the event being referred to - ไม่อยู่, ไม่ปรากฏตัว
  • Interpol: an international organization that enables the police forces of different countries to help each other to solve crimes - องค์การตำรวจสากล
  • issue: a subject that people discuss or argue about - ประเด็น
  • issue: to officially give out - ออก
  • jail term: the length of time a person is required to spend in jail -
  • justified: showing that there is good reason for something - มีเหตุผลที่ดีพอ
  • lawyer: an attorney - ทนาย
  • leak: telling private or secret information to journalists or to the public - การเปิดเผยความลับ
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • location: where someone or something is - ที่ตั้ง,ทำเล
  • manhunt: an organised search for a person, especially a criminal - การล่าหัว  การตามล่าจับกุม
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ
  • motivated: done for a particular reason - มีแรงจูงใจ ถูกโน้มน้าวใจ
  • National Anti-Corruption Commission: An independent government organisation to investigate corruption carried out by government officials - ปปช. (สำนักคณะกรรมการป้องกันและปราบปรามการทุจริตแห่งชาติ)
  • negligence: when you do not give enough care or attention to someone or something - ความประมาท, ความไม่เอาใจใส่
  • no-confidence debate (censure debate): formally criticising a cabinet minister or the full cabinet in a parliamentary session after which members vote to support or reject the motion - การอภิปรายไม่ไว้วางใจ
  • obtain: to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult - ได้มา, ได้รับ
  • operational level: at the level where actions, eg., military fighting, are carried out - ระดับปฎิบัติการ
  • ousted: forced out of a position of power - ขับออกจากอำนาจ
  • oversee (verb): (past form: oversaw) to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม
  • pledge rice: to sell rice to the government at a particular price, with the right to reclaim the rice if the market price goes higher - จำนำข้าว
  • politically (adv): in a way that is connected with politics - เกี่ยวกับการเมือง
  • prison: a place where criminals are put to stay for a period of time as punishment for a crime - คุก, ,เรือนจำ
  • raise: to bring up a subject for discussion - ยกขึ้นมาเป็นประเด็น
  • reportedly: as reported (often used for showing that you are not certain that something you are reporting is true) - ตามที่รายงาน
  • responsible for: deserving to be blamed for something that has happened - มีความรับผิดชอบ
  • resume: to begin again after stopping for a period of time - เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
  • reveal: to let something become known - เปิดเผย
  • rice-pledging scheme: a government programme in which farmers sell rice to the government at a particular price, with the right to reclaim the rice if the market price goes higher - โครงการจำนำข้าว
  • role: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท
  • ruling  (noun): a judgement; a decision by a court of law - คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
  • scheduled: planned to happen at a particular time or day - ตามตารางเวลา
  • scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ
  • sentence: (of a court of law) to officially state what someone's punishment will be - พิพากษา, ตัดสินลงโทษ
  • session: a formal meeting, or a series of meetings, of an institution such as a parliament or a court - การประชุม, สมัยการประชุม
  • sources (noun): people who give information - แหล่งข่าว
  • specifics: the details of something - รายละเอียด
  • state: government - รัฐบาล
  • state enterprise: a company or business owned and managed by the government - รัฐวิสาหกิจ
  • stock: an amount of something that you keep so that you can use it when you need it - ที่เก็บไว้ในสต๊อก
  • subsidy: an amount of money that a government or organisation pays to help to reduce the cost of a product or service - เงินชดเชยที่รัฐเป็นผู้จ่ายให้
  • supervise: to be in charge of an activity and to check that everything is being done correctly - ดูแล ควบคุม
  • supreme court: the highest court in a country - ศาลฎีกา, ศาลสูงสุด
  • Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions: a trial court in a case where the Prime Minister, a minister, member of the House of Representatives, senator or other political official is accused of becoming unusually wealthy, committing crimes with in office, performing duties dishonestly, or being corrupted according to other laws. - ศาลฎีกา แผนกคดีอาญาของผู้ดำรงตำแหน่งทางการเมือง
  • suspended (adj): of a punishment where a situation when the court decides that the person who has been proven guilty of a crime does not have to undergo the punishment given, usually under certain conditions - รอลงอาญา
  • tantamount to: tantamount to being almost the same or having the same effect as, usually something bad - เท่ากัน
  • trace (noun): a mark, an object or a sign that shows that somebody/something existed or was present - ร่องรอย
  • track down (verb): to find someone or something - ตามรอย
  • trader: someone who buys and sells things - ผู้ค้า
  • trial: the process of examining a case in a court of law and deciding whether someone is guilty (having committed a crime) or innocent (not having committed a crime) - การไต่สวนคดี
  • unspecified: not stated clearly or definitely - ไม่ระบุให้แน่ชัด
  • verdict (noun): a decision by a court of law - คำพิพากษา
  • violation: the breaking of a rule or a law - การฝ่าฝืน
  • vow: to make a formal and serious promise to do something or to promise what you say is true - สาบาน, ปฏิญาณ
  • warranty: a written agreement in which a company selling something promises to repair or replace it if there is a problem within a particular period of time - การรับประกัน
  • whereabouts: where someone is - ที่อยู่,สถานที่,ตำแหน่งที่
  • yet to: not yet - ยังไม่ได้
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