Thailand's attorney general filed criminal charges against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Thursday. The former leader, who was forced out of office last May, could be jailed for 10 years if she's found guilty.
"Yingluck was charged with negligence for her role in a badly bungled rice subsidy scheme that ended up costing the country billions. She denies any wrongdoing and insists the charges against her are politically motivated.
"Yingluck was after another questionable ruling. Just days later, the coup-prone Thai military seized power, removing what was left of Yingluck's democratically elected government.
Thai lawmakers voted to impeach Shinawatra, the sister of previously ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, over the rice subsidy program last month. At the same time, they also banned her from Thai politics for five years.
Responding to that development in January, Shinawatra released a statement saying, "Democracy has died in Thailand today, along with the rule of law."