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Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra was sentenced in absentia on June 6 by the Supreme Court in charge of criminal lawsuits against holders of political positions, to two years in prison for misconduct in the two and three-digit lottery of the Government Lottery Office which incurred 1.6 billion baht in losses.
The Supreme Court ruled Mr. Thaksin guilty of involvement in the illegal issuance of the two and three-digit lottery during his premiership over a decade ago. Though the illegal lottery had gained over 120 billion baht in sales, it incurred over 1.6 billion baht in operational losses without anti-risk measures. Some of the sales money had not been spent in accordance with the objectives of the Government Lottery Office or was spent without detailed reimbursements.
The court sentenced the absent Thaksin to two years in prison under the Criminal Code’s Article 157 and Article 83 and issued an arrest warrant for him.