Yingluck questions junta move to freeze accounts

BANGKOK: Former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday questioned a move by Thailand’s military government to freeze her assets in relation to a $1-billion fine it imposed over her government’s rice buying scheme.
Yingluck, whose administration was ousted in a 2014 coup, was banned from politics for five years in 2015 after a military-appointed legislature found her guilty of mismanaging the rice scheme.
Yingluck denies she is guilty. Her supporters accuse her opponents of political persecution and the courts of bias in frequently ruling against Yingluck and her family members.
Last year, a state-appointed committee recommended she pay a fine of 35 billion baht ($1 billion), or about a fifth of the 178 billion baht it said the schemes cost the state in 2012 and 2013. The justice ministry on Monday began freezing several of her bank accounts.
She had filed a court petition to revoke the action to freeze her bank accounts, saying the move was unlawful. — Reuters