Thai former minister sentenced to 10 years in prisonAugust 18th, 2008 - 5:52 pm ICT by IANS
Bangkok, Aug 18 (Xinhua) Thailand’s Supreme Court Monday awarded 10 years’ imprisonment without parole to Vatana Asavahame, former deputy interior minister of the country, after the court found him guilty of corruption. The court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions, by an eight to one vote, sentenced Vatana in absentia for his role in wastewater treatment project, the Bangkok Post webnews reported.
Vatana is also the chief advisor to the ruling Puea Pandin Party.
An arrest warrant has been issued on Vatana who is believed to be hiding in Cambodia where he owns a hotel and casino, the report said.
Vatana was accused of misusing his office as the deputy interior minister 16 years ago.