Yingluck Shinawatra was sentenced today to 5 years of jail for negligence in preventing corruption and irregularities in her Pheu Thai government's rice-pledging scheme.
"The court found that the defendant is guilty as charged.the court has sentenced her to five years in prison and the court also unanimously agreed that the sentence will not be suspended", the judge said.
August 2017 - Ms Yingluck fails to appear at court for the verdict, claiming ill health.
Current Prime Minister of Thailand Prayuth Chan-o-cha told reporters that he knows where Shinawatra is but will not reveal her whereabouts until after the verdict is published.
Yingluck said the subsidy scheme was "beneficial for the farmers and the country" and claims it lost billions of dollars were wrong and motivated by political bias against her.
Part of Ms Yingluck's election campaign, it was launched after she took office in 2011.
"Which is a manner of seeking unlawful gains".
While the Shinawatra family has dominated politics, their leadership has repeatedly been knocked down by coups and court rulings backed by elites, triggering repeated protests, Channel News Asia says.
A former commerce minister in her government was jailed for 42 years last month for falsifying government-to-government rice deals in connection with the subsidy scheme. Reuters reported she fled to Dubai where her brother Thaksin lives in self-imposed exile.
Thaksin was toppled from power by a 2006 military coup after being accused of abuse of power, corruption and disrespect for the country's monarchy.
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