Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on May 8 indicted ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on charges relating to corruption in a controversial rice-pledging scheme.

The scheme was a flagship policy platform that the ruling party, Pheu Thai, used to win votes from farmers in the campaign for the Feb. 2 general election.

The commission's investigation has found evidence of widespread corruption in the scheme’s implementation.

NACC head Panthep Klanarongran said the agency unanimously decided to indict Yingluck, adding that she intended to abuse her power in violation of the Constitution over the execution of the policy.

The case will be sent to the Senate next week. If found guilty by the Senate, Yingluck will be banned from politics for five years.-VNA