Supreme Court can deliver verdict without Yingluck’s presence: Meechai

The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Offices can deliver its verdict against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia, said Constitution Drafting Committee head Meechai Ruchupan on Monday.

He noted that the court had given Ms Yingluck one month's time to return to the court to hear the verdict.

On the issue of appeal, Meechai said it was too early to talk about it because the court has not handed down the verdict yet. However, he noted that if she was found guilty and wants to appeal, she has to be present to appeal and this cannot be done by her lawyer.

The CDC chairman went on saying that Ms Yingluck's absence would not affect the seizure of her assets by officials of the Legal Execution Department in the civil lawsuit lodged against her by the Finance Ministry to compensate from the loss to the state from the rice pledging scheme.

As for the bail to be requested by former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, Meechai said this would depend on the discretion of the court, but he warned that the court should exercise caution because there were previous examples of convicts jumping bail after they were released from prison.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)