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Ex-PM's verdict is a political game-changer for Thailand

Yingluck's 5-year sentence for policy failure sends a warning to future leaders

Ousted former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets supporters as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok on Aug. 1.   © Reuters

BANGKOK Thailand's Supreme Court has put future prime ministers on notice after delivering a landmark verdict against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

On Sept. 27, the nine-member bench sentenced Yingluck, who fled Thailand in late August, to five years in jail for criminal negligence. The verdict makes her the highest-ranking elected official to be convicted over a failure of government policy.

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