Thai gov't to sue ex-PM for losses from rice subsidy scheme

Thailand's military government says it intends to sue a former prime minister for billions of dollars in losses it alleges were incurred by her administration's rice subsidy program.

The Cabinet official in charge of the prime minister's office, Panadda Diskul, said Monday that a committee has determined that 286.64 billion baht ($8.2 billion) in revenues were lost under the scheme, and that former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is liable for about 200 billion baht ($5.8 billion) of the total.

Yingluck was forced from office in May 2014 when a court found her guilty of abuse of power in a personnel case. The army ousted her government shortly afterward.

Her supporters believe she is being persecuted by the army and by political opponents of her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.