Former Thai PM Yingluck asks fans not to go to court on verdict day

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-24 19:37:56|Editor: Yurou
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BANGKOK, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Thursday called on her supporters to stay at home to cheer for her tomorrow instead of gathering in front of the Supreme Court.

Yingluck thanked her fans for their concerns and sympathy on troubles she was suffering from, saying through her social media account that she would like her supporters to follow the verdict of her rice-pledging case at home on Friday to avoid "unexpected disturbance."

She told her supporters that this time would not be the same as previous times as they could no longer greet and meet her amid the government's tightened security.

Yingluck was charged with criminal negligence in implementing a rice subsidy program. The Supreme Court will give a verdict over her rice pledging scheme on Friday. If found guilty, she may face up to a 10-year jail term.

The government will deploy about 4,000 police, supported by 20 riot-control vehicles around the court's compound. It's estimated that about 3,000 Yingluck's fans would turn up.

Traffic near the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions will be closely regulated.

Due to expectations of a huge crowd on Friday, the government has called on Yingluck's supporters to refrain from causing any chaos or violating the law, and have prohibited organized mobilization.