The Supreme Court of Thailand on March 19 accepted a cirminal case against former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over a loss-ridden rice-subsidy scheme implemented by her government.

According to an announcement released by the court, the first hearing is scheduled on May 19.

If convicted for dereliction of duty, Yingluck could face ten years in jail.

Earlier in January, the legislature voted to impeach the ex-PM for her role in the rice subsidy programme, which incurred national budget losses and cost the country’s place as the world's leading rice exporter.

With this accusation, she was banned from politics for five years.

So far, Yingluck has denied all the charges related to the rice subsidy programme.-VNA