Court dismisses Yingluck's request for injunction over seizure of her assets

Ousted former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
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The Central Administrative Court has dismissed former premier Yingluck Shinawatra's petition for an injunction concerning a pending civil liability lawsuit in which the government is trying to seize her personal assets to partly pay for alleged financial damages resulting from her government's rice-pledging scheme.

The court said in a statement that the asset seizures had not taken place so there was no need for a court injunction at this stage.

The government has filed a civil liability suit against Yingluck seeking compensation of Bt280 billion(S$11 billion) from the former premier for failing to prevent abuses and a huge loss to the state while supervising the ricepledging scheme during her tenure.

Under the civil liability law, state officials are potentially liable for official misconduct that results in damage to the public and can face compensation lawsuits in which the Department of Legal Execution is empowered to seize personal assets if a court rules against the defendant.

In the Yingluck case, financial damages from the ricepledging scheme are estimated to be as much as Bt500 billion, but Yingluck's lawyers have disputed the amount.

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