Yingluck at final day of the trial of her rice-pledging scheme today

Ex-premier Ms Yingluck Shinawatra reiterated the benefit of her rice-pledging scheme to farmers and her innocence as she arrived at the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions Tuesday morning.

Amid tightened security provided by almost half a thousand police force to keep peace and order in and around the court area, Ms Yingluck greeted a large number of her supporters on arrival at the court at 8.30 am for their morale support till the final day of her trial with thanks.

She said she was ready to deliver her closing statement today by telling the court that her rice scheme benefited the farmers as well as the people and she was innocent.

Moreover, she said she would also tell the high court how she was unfairly treated by the National Anti-Corruption Commission from the beginning.

Ms Yingluck was scheduled to start delivering her closing statement at 9.30am.

According to her lawyer, she has prepared a closing statement with 29 pages and would spend an hour to deliver statement to the court.

After the closing statement today, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hand down verdict on August 25.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)