Court vetoes Yingluck trip

Court vetoes Yingluck trip

The Supreme Court has banned ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from leaving Thailand. She had asked for permission to travel to talk to European MPs. (Photo from Ms Yingluck's Facebook page)
The Supreme Court has banned ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from leaving Thailand. She had asked for permission to travel to talk to European MPs. (Photo from Ms Yingluck's Facebook page)

The Supreme Court has vetoed former premier Yingluck Shinawatra's request to attend a discussion with European Parliament members, saying the reasons for taking the trip are "weak".

It was reported that Ms Yingluck's team of lawyers had sent the request to the court early this week seeking permission to attend the meeting in Europe with two members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who invited her to share her views on the Thai political situation. 

The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office-Holders assessed her request as lacking sufficient grounds and rejected it. 

The court earlier released Ms Yingluck on 30-million-baht bail in the rice-pledging case.

The Supreme Court granted bail to Ms Yingluck in May and ordered her not to leave the country without its permission. It gave the order when she answered charges relating to her alleged dereliction of duty as prime minister in overseeing the loss-ridden rice-pledging scheme.


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