Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra ​talks to the press on May 18 (Source: EPA/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Former Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra on October 21 declared to fight the current government's demand for her to pay 1 billion USD in compensation for her government's loss-ridden rice subsidy programme.

The former prime minister, who appeared for a witness hearing in the Supreme Court, confirmed that she will use all legal channels to fight for justice.

The scheme, which paid farmers above market rates for their rice, was a flagship policy of Yingluck's administration and helped sweep her to office in a 2011 general election.

She was charged with criminal negligence over the rice subsidy scheme and is now fighting the charges in court.

Shortly after her government was overthrown in the 2014 coup, she was retroactively impeached and banned from politics for five years.-VNA