Yingluck Shinawatra

Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra pleads not guilty on first day of trial for criminal negligence

Coup ousted Thai former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets well-wishers and supporters as she arrives at the Supreme Court to face charges of corruption in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: EPA

Graft within rice subsidy scheme cost Thailand billions of dollars and galvanised protests against her elected government prior to last May’s coup.

Tuesday, 19 May, 2015, 7:57pm 1 comment

Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra indicted over rice subsidy scheme

Thailand's Attorney Director General, Department of Special Litigation, Chutichai Sakhakorn and Director General, Department of Investigation, Surasak Threerattrakul attend a news conference in Bangkok. Photo: Reuters

Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme on Thursday in the latest legal move against her family that could see her jailed for up to a decade.

20 Feb 2015 - 7:53pm

US envoy heads to Thailand after junta's lawmakers ban ousted ex-PM, threaten jail

Yingluck Shinawatra has been impeached. Photo: AFP

The US government is sending its highest-level diplomatic visitor to Thailand since last year's military coup, although a return to democracy there remains a distant prospect.

25 Jan 2015 - 7:10am

Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra returns home as legal threat lingers

Yingluck Shinawatra shops for groceries. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has returned home from a trip overseas, putting an end to speculation she would stay away from Thailand as prosecutors decide whether to indict her for mismanaging a rice-buying scheme.

11 Aug 2014 - 10:47pm

Thai junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha rules out elections for at least a year

A Thai pro-government ''red shirt'' protester rides next to portraits of ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck and Thaksin  Shinawatra. Photo: AFP

The red flags that once hung in Nong Sae, a village of green and gold rice fields in Thaksin Shinawatra's northern Thai heartland, have been taken down. Hidden or burned, too, are the red T-shirts, protest horns and membership cards of the street movement that had rowdily supported the ousted government of Thaksin's sister, Yingluck.

31 May 2014 - 1:25am 1 comment

Thai army detains Yingluck, bans 155 key figures from leaving country

Soldiers guard the van of ousted caretaker prime minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan as he arrives for the meeting. Photo: EPA

Thailand's military government yesterday detained former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and members of her family after summoning her and other ministers for talks a day after the military seized power from her caretaker government.

23 May 2014 - 10:17pm 1 comment

Thai rivals must now hold talks and settle their differences

Thai rivals must now hold talks and settle their differences

Thailand's military has stressed that its imposition of martial law is not a coup d'etat but a necessity to bring stability to the nation after six months of political turmoil.

22 May 2014 - 8:53am

Thai army chief calls meeting with parties, protest leaders amid martial law

Thai soldiers guard the Army Club in central Bangkok. Photo: Reuters

A crisis meeting between leaders of rival Thai political groups aimed at resolving long-running conflict ended inconclusively on Wednesday and the army has called for another meeting.

21 May 2014 - 8:21pm

Business as usual in Bangkok, despite declaration of martial law

A women takes a selfie with soldiers stationed at the Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok yesterday. Photo: Bloomberg

Some snatched selfies with armed soldiers but most passers-by barely blinked as troops and jeeps mounted with machine-guns took to Bangkok's streets early yesterday, a peculiarly pragmatic Thai response to political upheaval.

21 May 2014 - 4:21am 1 comment

Thailand’s military declares martial law in wake of deadly protests

Thailand’s military declares martial law in wake of deadly protests

Thailand’s army declared martial law nationwide on Tuesday to restore order after six months of street protests that have left the country without a proper functioning government.

21 May 2014 - 7:31am 1 comment

Thailand’s Senate likely to propose interim PM, risking ‘red’ rage

Anti-government protester leader Suthep Thaugsuban joins his supporters outside Thailand's parliament where members of the Senate are gathered for a meeting in Bangkok. Photo: Reuters

Members of Thailand’s Senate trying to devise a “road map” out of a long political crisis are expected on Friday to propose the appointment of an interim prime minister, a move which would infuriate supporters of a beleaguered caretaker government.

16 May 2014 - 5:01pm

Protesters force Thai PM to flee air force compound after three killed in Bangkok

An anti-government protester stands in front of Air Force military personnel holding shields, after protesters broke into the grounds of an air force compound in Bangkok. Photo: Reuters

Protesters seeking to oust Thailand’s government broke into the grounds of an air force compound on Thursday where the acting prime minister was meeting the Election Commission to fix a date for new polls, forcing him to flee.

15 May 2014 - 11:51pm

‘Holy traffic cones’ symbolise the turmoil that engulfs Thai politics

Anti-government protesters have cones in place as they wait for a rally to start outside the parliament in Bangkok yesterday. Photo: AP

The 'holy traffic cone' went viral this week after a series of vicious attacks on motorists who moved cones that anti-government protesters had arbitrarily placed near rally sites.

15 May 2014 - 10:17am

Thailand’s protest leader plans to occupy symbolic seat of power

Thai anti-government leader Suthep Thaugsuban and followers march towards parliament in Bangkok. Photo: EPA

Emboldened by the removal of Yingluck Shinawatra, anti-government protesters marched to the vacated prime minister's office compound - where the protest leader has pledged to set up his new office.

13 May 2014 - 11:04am

Thai red shirt government supporters gather to 'defend democracy' after toppling of PM

Pro-government "red shirts" plan to oppose anti-government protesters, who want a new prime minister appointed. Photo: AFP

Thousands of pro-government "red shirts" massed in Thailand's capital to challenge attempts by opposition protesters to hand power to an unelected regime, warning that the kingdom was lurching towards "civil war".

11 May 2014 - 4:07am 2 comments