The National Anti-Corruption Commission voted unanimously to indict 46-year-old Yingluck in the rice-pledging case, a day after she was dismissed from office by the Constitutional Court for abuse of power for the benefit of her powerful family. JPN/Agencies
The court had unanimously ruled that Yingluck had a part in the transfer of Thawil Pliensri from the position of National Security Council secretary general. The controversial rice-pledging scheme for which she was indicted saw farmers selling rice to the government for more than the market value. The scheme proved to be costly and the government was unable to pay the farmers.
"The commission considers there is enough evidence to indict (Yingluck) and refers (the case) to the Senate," Panthep Klanarongran, chief of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) told reporters.
The case will now be voted on at the Senate. If impeached, Yingluck will be barred from politics for five years.
Both the rulings are a huge blow to the pro-government "Red Shirt" movement. However, the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) welcomed the developments with protesters who were demanding Yingluck's resignation organising a march through the main Sukhumvit road on Thursday.
Yingluck, Thailand's first woman premier, had been in office for two years, nine months and two days since her Pheu Thai Party won the 2011 election. Her victory displeased the elite and urban middle class, which believed she was merely a clone of her elder brother Thaksin Shinawatra, who was deposed in 2006.
Grenade thrown at home of Thai judge
Meanwhile, a grenade was thrown in the wee hours of Thursday at the home of one of the judges of Constitutional Court that had ousted Shinawatra for abuse of power. However, there were no reports of any injuries.
An M67 hand grenade was hurled into the home of Suphot Kaimuk at around 2 am. The blast caused minor damage to the roof of a carport as well as a vehicle parked inside, reports said.
Suphot was one of the nine Constitutional Court judges who removed Yingluck and the nine ministers for abuse of power in the case involving the transfer of then National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri to an inactive post in 2011.
Suphot was not at home at the time of the attack. No arrests have been made so far.
Earlier, two M79 grenades were lobbed at Chulabhorn Hospital in Laksi district and two others at the Siam Commercial Bank head office in Lat Phrao district last night. The attacks caused damage to property.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission voted unanimously to indict 46-year-old Yingluck in the rice-pledging case, a day after she was dismissed from office by the Constitutional Court for abuse of power for the benefit of her powerful family.