Court issues arrest warrant for Yingluck

On 25 August 2017, the Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant for Yingluck Shinawatra after she failed to turn up for the verdict on her malfeasance trial related to the rice-pledging scheme.

Much to the surprise of thousands of supporters of the former Prime Minister Yingluck, the court issued an arrest warrant after she requested postponement of the verdict hearing to 27 September 2017, citing health problems.

As her lawyer did not provide a medical certificate, the court ordered her arrest and confiscated 30 million baht of bail money.

At press time, many of her supporters are still in front of the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions in northern Bangkok.