[JURIST] Thailand's Supreme Court unaminously convicted former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra [BBC profile] in absentia on Wednesday, sentencing her to five years in prison for mismanaging a rice subsidy scheme resulting in billions lost.
According to the Court, "The accused knew that the government-to-government rice contract was unlawful but did not prevent it. Which is a manner of seeking unlawful gains. Therefore, the action of the accused is considered negligence of duty."
Thailand's political system had been unstable since the 2006 military coup [BBC report] from the decade-long clash between the traditional elitist and the Shinawatra family.