The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions today ordered the seizure of ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra's bail bond after she did not show up for court appearance to hear her verdict on the rice pledging scheme scam.
The court considered her absence as an attempt to escape although she would earlier assigned her lawyer to notify the court that she could not attend the hearing of the verdict because she developed sickness from the imbalance of fluids in the ears.
Her notification was forwarded to the court just one hour before the court session would start at 9.00am.
According to Mr Cheep Julamont, a court judge handling the rice pledging scheme case, her lawyer forwarded the notification and asked for the adjournment of the annoucement of her verdict reasoning her sickness as an excuse.
In the notification, she claimed she has dizziness and therefore could not travel to hear the verdict.
But this was protested by the state attorney who argued that such reason is invalid to be absent from the court appearance, and there is no medical certification to verify her sickness.
The state attorney said her absence indicated that she was attempting to escape.
After hearing the attorney's protest, the court ordered the seizure of her 30-million bail bond, and issued her arrest warrant.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)