The South-East Asian country is set to go to the polls on February 2. But the opposition has called for a boycott of that vote -- and prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's resignation.
Thailand's Supreme Court has sentenced Yingluck Shinawatra to five years in jail for criminal negligence in a rice subsidy program. The former prime minister was tried in absentia after fleeing the country.
The Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant after ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra failed to appear for the verdict in the case regarding her rice subsidy scheme. Thai media reports the politician fled to the Middle East.
Thailand's government has charged a journalist with sedition and violation of the country's computer law. Pravit Rojanaphruk had made online postings critical of Thailand's military rulers.
Ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has told a court that the controversial rice subsidies helped boost the rural economy. She denies charges of failing to stem losses from the multibillion-dollar program.
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