Former Thai PM Yingluck denies any intention to flee

Former Thai PM Yingluck denies any intention to flee
Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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FORMER PM Yingluck Shinawatra maintained yesterday that she would not flee the country, as she expects to be busy fighting a court battle all year.

"I will not escape. It is my duty to testify before court throughout 2016," she said. Yingluck was referring to a case in the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Office Holders, in which she is accused of malfeasance in connection with her government's rice-pledging scheme.

She added that her recent requests to be allowed to go overseas were not because she wanted to escape. "I just expect justice as an ordinary citizen," she said.

The court is scheduled to listen to witness testimonies next Friday.

Yesterday, Yingluck welcomed a group of reporters to her house, where she showed them her garden of organic vegetables and demonstrated her recipe for salad dressing. This is the first time that members of the media have been shown her vegetable garden.

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