Impeachment proceedings begin in Bangkok against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who maintains her administration ruled with honesty. Julie Noce reports.
Impeachment proceedings are underway in Bangkok where former Prime Minsiter Yingluck Shinawatra is accused of fumbling a rice subsidy scheme that cost the country billions of dollars in losses. Yingluck, whose government was removed from office in a coup last May, maintained her innocence in the matter. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) YINGLUCK SHINNAWATRA SAYING; "Let me begin with denial of all the allegations. I deny all of the allegations by the NACC(National Anti-Corruption Commission, the former opposition parties. And I object the NACC's opening statement with reports and comments by the NACC." Under the subsidy scheme, Yingluck's government bought rice from Thai farmers at inflated prices. Although Yingluck is no longer in office, an impeachment could see her banned from politics for five years-which includes the next election in 2016. Her older brother former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was also overthrown in a coup, but they both remain hugely popular among the rural populations. A decision on the impeachment could come at the end of the month.