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Anti-graft body to conclude case against PM Yingluck within months

BANGKOK, Feb 27 - The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) should wrap up its case against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on charges of negligence of duty within the next few months, a commissioner said today.

Ms Yingluck assigned her lawyer, Noravich Klalaeng, to officially acknowledge the charges at the NACC today and was given 15 days to prepare clarifications in response to the allegation.

The caretaker premier was charged by NACC with negligence of duty in her capacity as chairperson of the National Rice Policy Committee (NRPC).

The NACC has investigated alleged corruption in the government's rice pledging scheme, launched in 2012.

Mr Noravich said the legal team would discuss whether the prime minister would personally clarify the allegations with the NACC or present her written clarifications.

NACC member Vichai Vivitsevi said Ms Yingluck could extend the 15-day deadline if she needs more witnesses or evidence to substantiate her explanations.

He said the NACC's investigation procedure was in accord with the law and that it did not unusually speed up the case as alleged, adding that Vicha Mahakhun, an NACC member who is in charge of investigating
the case, has worked with honesty.

Pro-government red shirt activists have demanded Mr Vicha's removal from the rice investigation committee, charging him with bias.

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By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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