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Anti-graft panel summons Thai PM Yingluck
(02-27 11:31)

Thailand's prime minister has been summoned to face an anti-corruption panel to hear negligence charges.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who has protested her innocence, is expected to send a lawyer to represent her at the hearing into alleged corruption in her government's flagship rice farm subsidy scheme.
She said last week that she was “willing to cooperate to establish the facts.’’
Yingluck flew to her political stronghold in northern Thailand on Wednesday where she is expected to spend several days inspecting government-backed projects.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission, which summoned Yingluck, says she ignored warnings that the rice scheme was fostering corruption and causing financial losses. If found guilty she could face a five-year ban from politics.
NACC commissioner Vicha Mahakhun told AFP on the eve of the hearing that Yingluck's lawyer had informed the panel he would represent the premier to acknowledge the charges.
   
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