20-year national strategy
After the Criminal Court handed a five year jail term against Yingluck, the junta issued an organic law that forces her to appeal the case in person. Meanwhile, the junta’s National Strategic Plan has faced the ‘strongest’ rejection. Last week, the prosecution against Yingluck over the Rice Pledging Scheme (RPS) came to an end after the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Persons Holding Political Positions read its verdict on 27 September. The court gave Yingluck five years in prison without suspension.
A well-known anti-corruption activist has denounced the junta’s 20-year national strategy planning, saying the selection process of the committee members is not democratic. On 1 October 2017, Srisuwan Janya, Secretary-General of a political group called the Association to Protect the Thai Constitution (APTC), issued a statement to denounce the appointment of 70 people into the six sub-strategy committees of the junta’s 20-year national strategy planning body. The appointment was published in the Royal Gazette on 28 September 2017.