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    Thailand?s Central Administrative Court has annulled order that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra pay 35.7 billion baht ($US 1.1 Billion) in compensation to the Finance Ministry for her administration?s losses in the rice-pledging scheme.

    The court discovered that the order issued in October 2016 was not legal because the corruption along the way ? which included the verification of farmers? qualifications, the illegal usage of foreign rice in the scheme, the substandard storage of pledged rice and fake government-to-government rice sales ? happened at the operational level.

    Yingluck have been aware only of memorandums of understanding for G2G sales of pledged rice and there had been attempts to research graft in the scheme. She hadn’t intentionally allowed corruption to grow under her administration, the court said.

    Furthermore, the Finance Ministry admitted there was no clear evidence proving that Yingluck have been directly responsible for damage caused by the scheme, the court said.

    The ruling came in response to Yingluck?s petition contrary to the compensation order. The 35.7-billion-baht figure was regarded as 20% of the full total damage from the rice-pledging scheme.

    Gen Prayut?s Junta government

    Yingluck fled Thailand in August 2017 to flee punishment from Gen Prayut?s Junta government over her administration?s failed rice-pledging scheme, just before the Supreme Court?s Criminal Division for folks Holding Political Positions was set to pass judgement.

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    She was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison by the Supreme Court?s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions led by Gen Prayut?s junta.

    Deputy Prime Minister and former advisor to Gen Prayut?s military Junta advisor Wisanu Krea-ngam a said on Friday that the federal government had the right to appeal against the court?s ruling.

    One of the claims utilized by Thai military leaders to justify their coup in 2014 was that the administration of then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was corrupt.

    Back then, corruption charges were seen as a useful weapon to be deployed against pro-Shinawatra political figures, as a pretext to drive them into exile or imprison them; the result was to silence the still-influential Shinawatra clan and intimidate its remaining supporters, including politicians who opposed the military?s second intervention in Thai politics in eight years.

    In the years immediately after the 2014 coup, corruption in Thailand was widely held to possess worsened under the NCPO, and now Gen Prayut?s elected coalition government. Mainly because the Thai courts lost their constitutional independence following a coup have become politicized.

    Moreover the security services are themselves widely held to be being among the most corrupt parts of the Thai state, thanks in part with their entrenched patronage systems and their entanglement in national politics, and yet these same institutions are now ultimately in charge of the Thai judiciary and its fight against corruption.

    Government corruption a record high

    A written report released by Thailand?s National Anti-Corruption Commission in 2020 discovered that government corruption in Thailand hit an archive high beneath the post-coup National Council for Peace (NCPO) junta, lead by Prayut Chan-o-cha.

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who led the NCPO junta after staging the 2014 coup, was quick to playdown the report. Saying the report?s findings mostly drew mostly on complaints of corruption instead of proven cases.

    He said that folks would always make an effort to cheat the system, but said he didn’t desire to reveal the names of the culprits.

    Instead, he ordered the his Office to publicize the achievements of his government and show how ?well it had served individuals?.

    One of the claims used by Thai military leaders to justify their coup in 2014 was that the administration of then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was corruption.

    Not surprisingly, Transparency International?s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) painted a very mixed picture of the generals? efforts since 2014 to fight against corruption.