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Ban from politics will violate my basic rights: Thai PM

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 00:57

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra defends herself in front of parliament members, the day before they will vote on whether to impeach her. Yiming Woo reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra defends herself in parliament for possibly the last time, before members vote on whether to impeach her. She's facing charges on her role in a controversial rice subsidy scheme. It paid farmers above market rates, but lost the country billions of dollars. Speaking for about an hour, she says the case against her is politically motivated. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) FORMER THAI PRIME MINISTER, YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA, SAYING: "Banning someone who holds a political position would lead to banning me from politics for five years and would be a violation to my basic rights." A decision either way is going test the calm that was put in place by the army when it removed Yingluck from office. Her supporters say the military government wants to root out the Shinawatra family from politics. But if she walks away free, there might be a backlash from those who protested for months against her government.

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Ban from politics will violate my basic rights: Thai PM

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 00:57