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Thailand's ousted Prime Minister to face charges in Supreme Court

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is to be indicted for negligence over a controversial rice subsidy scheme, the Attorney General's Office said today.

Ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Credit: REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Yingluck will face a criminal charge in Thailand's Supreme Court, Surasak Theerattrakul, director general at the Attorney General's department of investigation told reporters.

If found guilty, Yingluck would face a maximum of 10 years in jail.

The announcement comes just hours before the country's military-appointed legislature is scheduled to vote in a separate impeachment case against Yingluck for failing to exercise sufficient oversight over the scheme.


Lawyers confident as Thailand murder trial set for July

A lawyer for two Myanmar nationals indicted over the murder of two British tourists on a Thai holiday island said he was confident of persuading scared witnesses to testify and exonerate the accused.

A trial date was today set for July 8 next year by a court on Koh Samui, the neighboring island to Koh Tao, where the bodies of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found on a beach in September.

The parents of defendant Win Zaw Htun travelled to Thailand to support their son. Credit: Reuters

Police arrested Myanmar workers Zaw Lin and Win Phyo, both 21, in October, saying their DNA samples matched those found on the victims.

A committee of investigators set up by Myanmar's embassy in Bangkok last week said potential witnesses able to prove the suspects were innocent were too scared to appear in court for fear of retribution by Thai police or their former employers.

Thailand's military government pressed police to solve the case quickly. Zaw Lin and Win Phyo, who were migrant workers, initially confessed but later retracted their statements, saying they were given under duress.

Foreign Office 'monitoring' Thailand murder case

The Foreign Office said it expected the trial of two Burmese men accused of murdering British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand to be "fair and transparent".

We continue to monitor the case closely and expect the trial to be conducted in a fair and transparent way in line with international standards. The British government cannot interfere with Thailand's judicial processes just as other government's are unable to interfere in UK judicial processes.

We continue to provide support and assistance to both the families of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.

– Foreign Office spokesman

Two on trial for Britons' murder in Thailand

British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were killed on the Thai island of Koh Tao.

The trial of two men charged with the murder of two British tourists in Thailand has begun, it has been reported.

Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, both 21, deny killing 24-year-old David Miller, from Jersey, and 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

The Britons' bodies were found on September 15 on a Koh Tao beach.

The trial of the two migrant workers from Burma had been scheduled to begin in February, but it has been brought forward unexpectedly, the BBC reported.


UK police examining murder probe to return from Thailand

British police who travelled to Thailand to review the investigation into the murders of backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller are due to return to the UK, having completed their work "as far as possible".

Metropolitan Police officers flew out to the Thai island of Koh Tao last month to work with the Royal Thai Police after an agreement between David Cameron and military ruler General Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were discovered on a beach on Koh Tao.

It followed international concern about the way the case has been handled by the Thai authorities.

Mr Miller, 24, from Jersey, and 23-year-old Ms Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, were found dead on a beach in September.

Scotland Yard said the British officers will compile a report from their review.

Doctors group: Thailand death shows risk of 'cheap surgery'

The death of a British woman in Thailand highlights the dangers of 'cheap surgery' abroad, one of the UK's leading plastic surgeons has said.

Michael Cadier, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: "This tragic case highlights how, if lured by the prospect of what is essentially 'cheap surgery', patients can be left vulnerable."

"In some cases, patients are even being treated by a person without proper surgical credentials - if any at all - which breaches all the fundamental guidelines for safe practice in cosmetic surgery in the UK," he added.

"When you go abroad in search of 'cheap cosmetic surgery', you're entrusting your life to individuals whose main concern may be their pocket - not the patient."

Warnings after Brit dies during surgery in Thai clinic

People have been warned to properly research clinics in Thailand before having treatment following the death of a British woman.

The 24-year-old British woman died after undergoing surgery at a clinic in Bangkok. Credit: APTN

The 24-year-old stopped breathing during cosmetic surgery and later died, despite efforts to revive her.

Police said they believed similar incidents "happened often", and reiterated their belief that the surgeon did not have the appropriate qualification.

" We would like to warn people that they should examine [a clinic first]," Bangkok police chief Ittipol Piriyapinyo said.

"Like this case, this doctor did not have a specific license. We will have to look into the case again whether the act was intentional.”

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