Clock ticking for Thai PM as court verdict nears




 
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Clock ticking for Thai PM as court verdict nears
 
April 21st, 2014  
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Topic: Clock ticking for Thai PM as court verdict nears


Clock ticking for Thai PM as court verdict nears
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court will decide this week whether to give embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, accusations that could bring her down, or whether to move swiftly to a verdict. The fate of Yingluck and her government will determine the course of politics in Thailand which is polarized between the supporters of her and her brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, and supporters of the royalist establishment. The Constitutional Court will decide on Wednesday whether to grant her an extension to prepare her defense. "If the court does not grant the prime minister an extension this week and there is enough evidence, then the next court date will be the verdict," Constitutional Court spokesman Pimon Thampitakphong told Reuters on Monday, adding that the verdict could come at the end of April.




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