BANGKOK, Thailand � Concerned over unexpected problems, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged supporters not to come to the court complex tomorrow to hear the verdict on her alleged involvement in the rice pledging scheme, but instead stay home.
The Supreme Court's Criminal Divison for Political Office Holder is expected to deliver its much-awaited verdict on the rice pledging scheme tomorrow, which will see Thailand's first woman prime minister facing up to 10 years in jail upon conviction.
"I would like to ask everyone not to travel to the court tomorrow and I want you to follow the court's verdict at home due to concern over unexpected problems," she said today, in her Facebook posting to supporters.
According to Yingluck, younger sister of exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, she was worried for the safety of her supporters and did not want "chaos by third hand" to occur. She did not elaborate.
She has been accused of committing negligence in the scheme implemented during her administration as prime minister, which the current military-led government alleged had caused the state to incur losses amounting to approximately 500 billion Baht (about RM62 billion).
Yingluck who has denied all allegations was ousted in May 2014 after serving the country since Aug 5, 2011. She was later banned from politics for five years.
Besides the court case, she was also ordered by the finance ministry to pay 35 billion Baht (RM4.3 billion) in compensation due to the rice pledging scheme.
Thousands of Yingluck supporters, especially from her strongholds in the north and northeastern parts of the country are expected to gather at the court complex in Chaeng Wattana, in the outskirts Bangkok tomorrow to lend moral support to the embattled leader.
The government has advised her supporters against organising any large scale gathering in the court complex tomorrow due to concerns over public safety and instead, follow the verdict from the comfort of their home.
It has also issued stern warning against anyone who violates the law and stirs crowd trouble.
Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Police will deploy up to 4,000 policemen in and around the court complex to stand guard against any potential trouble, besides erecting security checkpoints at roads leading up to the court.
Yingluck supporters have criticised the various security measures taken by the government, calling it "over reaction."
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK