Yingluck Shinawatra has already been ordered to pay “compensation” of Bt35 billion – yes, more than $1 billion – for allegedly “causing losses” to the Thai state and taxpayer due to her government’s rice pledging policy.
Yet that’s insufficient for the military dictatorship and for the anti-Thaksin Shinawatra/anti-democrats. They want to grind her, her family and party into dust so that they are unable to challenge anti-democrats whenever the junta decides to hold its “election.”
But her widespread popular support challenges The Dictator, the junta and its supporters.
The Nation reports that this fear has prompted the “military will deploy troops to help the police maintain security later this month during the final hearing in the rice-pledging case involving … former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.”
The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions has scheduled its final hearing for 21 July and it is expected that a “huge number of people” will “turn out to show their support for Yingluck on the last day of her trial.”
Army boss General Chalermchai Sitthisart warned that “public order would be maintained” by the troops.