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>> A shocking turn for Thailand's biggest trial in years, ousted leader Yingluck Shinawatra, a no-show in the supreme court on Friday. Where she was supposed to hear her fate in a case centered on multi billion dollar losses for the state. According to a judge, Yingluck asked for sick leave, saying she had an ear problem, but the court thinks she's either gone into hiding or fled the country.
Yingluck's family dominated Thai politics for 15 years, now as Reuters' Amy Sawitta Lefevre reports, authorities are hunting her down. The supreme court says that it will seek an arrest warrant for Yingluck. And immigration police said that if they find Yingluck they will arrest her, so that's one likely scenario, the question now is, where is Yingluck?
And that's what everybody is asking, so far we've had the deputy prime minister say he has no information showing or confirming that she's actually fled the country.>> Yingluck faces up to ten years in prison for alleged negligence over a rice subsidy scheme meant to solve rural poverty but which cost the country around $8 billion.
Even so, it won her popularity that's still going strong, hundreds rallied outside the court Friday, millions more follow her online. But she's been curiously quiet leading up to Friday's verdict.>> Well I think it's very unusual, Yingluck is usually is very prolific on social media and she hasn't been very active since yesterday.
Her last Facebook post was on Thursday and her last Twitter post was two days ago. So we haven't heard from Yingluck since yesterday. And it's been a while since her team have said anything, and they're keeping very quiet.>> Yingluck denies all wrongdoing over the rice scheme, ultimately it's what led to her impeachment in 2015 after she was ousted by a military coup.
The court has set a new date of September 27 to deliver a verdict.