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Tearful Yingluck stands trial at final hearing in Supreme Court today

Ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra arrived today (July 21) at the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions in tearful eyes to attend the final hearing of her witnesses at the last session of the almost two-year long trial for her controversial rice-pledging scheme that has incurred damages over 500 billion baht to the state.

She was welcomed on arrival at the court by several hundreds of supporters with flowers and cheers one hour before the trial began at 9am.

Supporters gave her flowers and asked for selfies with her as she greeted and thanked them in trembling voices and with smiles, and tearful eyes.

Security was also tightened today as it is the final hearing of the rice trial.

Today seven defendant witnesses will testify for the ex-premier. They included former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, Amphon Kitti-amphon and Mrs Benja Louichareon.

Today the Supreme Court will consider whether to forward Ms Yingluck's petition to the Constitutional Court for interpretation of the rice trial by the high court.

The court will also consider Ms Yingluck's request to deliver verbal closing statement.

Ms Yingluck was accompanied by some leaders of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) such Nattawut Saikuar and Dr Weng Tojirakarn. However, UDD chairman Jatuporn Prompan did not show up as he was sentenced by the Supreme Court to one-year jail term yesterday (July 20) for defaming former PM Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)