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Criminal charges suggested against Thailand's ousted PM

BANGKOK--An anti-corruption body has recommended criminal charges against an ousted Thai prime minister over her government's rice subsidy program.

The commission had already ruled that Yingluck Shinawatra was liable for impeachment because her government's rice policy was prone to corruption and lost money.

National Anti-Corruption Commissioner Vicha Mahakun said Thursday it found Yingluck committed dereliction of duty for failing to stop the program.

Vicha says the commission will forward the case to prosecutors for indictment by the country's supreme court for politicians.

A court ousted Yingluck in May over alleged abuse of power, and the military staged a coup later that month.

The rice subsidy program helped Yingluck's government win the votes of millions of farmers in 2011 but accumulated losses of at least US$4.4 billion.

Thai Junta Allows Deposed PM to Leave Country

Thailand's junta has given permission to ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to leave the country for the first time since a May 22 coup, a military spokesman said Thursday.

Yingluck is expected to travel to Paris next week to attend the 65th birthday party of her elder brother, the fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Her request was approved because she has stayed out of politics since the military seized power, according to the junta, formally known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

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