Yingluck calls on NLA for fairness and justice

Yingluck calls on NLA for fairness and justice
Ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra delivers her statement at the National Legislative Assembly meeting in Bangkok January 22, 2015. Thailand's army-stacked parliament will vote in an impeachment hearing against ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday, testing a fragile calm between the rural poor and the royalist establishment backed by the Bangkok middle class.

In her closing statement to the National Legislative Assembly, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra categorically denied all charges against her over the rice-pledging scheme, saying she was being wrongly singled out by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) due to their bias.

She called on the NLA to be fair when voting today on whether she should be impeached, as it might result in her being banned from politics for five years.

"I want to deny all charges levelled against me," Yingluck said, insisting that she was innocent. "Trying to prosecute me alone illuminates the fact that there's a hidden agenda.

"I have never thought of cheating, nor have I been negligent in my duties or behaved in any way that would point to possible corruption," the former premier said, as she wrapped up her hour-long statement yesterday.

She also reminded the NLA that the 2007 Constitution did not exist any more, hence filing an impeachment motion against her based on it was not correct.

The former premier also tried to prove that the NACC was harbouring personal grudges against her, pointing out that while her side requested for 18 witnesses, the anti-graft body slashed the number down to six, thus depriving her of a fair hearing.

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