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Thailand's former prime minister starts trial over role in money-losing rice subsidy scheme

  • Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, center, walks through supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Yingluck entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday after she was charged with dereliction in overseeing a controversial rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars. If found guilty she could be jailed for a decade, which critics say is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family. (AP Photo/Thanyarat Doksone)

    Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, center, walks through supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Yingluck entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday after she was charged with dereliction in overseeing a controversial rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars. If found guilty she could be jailed for a decade, which critics say is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family. (AP Photo/Thanyarat Doksone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, left, is embraced by a supporter as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Yingluck entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday after she was charged with dereliction in overseeing a controversial rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars. If found guilty she could be jailed for a decade, which critics say is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family.  (AP Photo/Thanyarat Doksone)

    Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, left, is embraced by a supporter as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Yingluck entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday after she was charged with dereliction in overseeing a controversial rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars. If found guilty she could be jailed for a decade, which critics say is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family. (AP Photo/Thanyarat Doksone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, left, walks through a media pack as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Yingluck entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday after she was charged with dereliction in overseeing a controversial rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars. If found guilty she could be jailed for a decade, which critics say is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family. (AP Photo/Thanyarat Doksone)

    Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, left, walks through a media pack as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Yingluck entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday after she was charged with dereliction in overseeing a controversial rice subsidy program that lost billions of dollars. If found guilty she could be jailed for a decade, which critics say is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family. (AP Photo/Thanyarat Doksone)  (The Associated Press)

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has entered a plea of not guilty at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade.

The ousted premier appeared at Bangkok's Supreme Court on Tuesday to formally hear the charges against her of dereliction of duty in overseeing a rice subsidy scheme that lost billions of dollars.

Critics say the case is part of a politically motivated campaign against her family.

Yingluck was ousted from her post by a court decision that came two weeks before the military staged a coup last May.

The same charges also led to her impeachment in January by the military-appointed legislature, which banned her from politics for five years.

Her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was ousted in a 2006 coup.