Thailand’s former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption.
The country’s high court said he had violated a conflict-of-interest law while in office.
The case concerns his wife’s purchase of land from a central bank fund.
The sentence was handed down in absentia as Thaksin now lives in exile in Britain.
His reaction was to protest his innocence and to claim the trial had been politically motivated.
An elected government came to power this year which is now headed by Thaksin’s brother-in-law, but the main party in the coalition, the People Power Party, is seen by opponents as a mere proxy for the exiled ex premier.