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Thai 'Yellow Shirt' founder jailed

Published on Aug 7, 2014 9:48 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - A controversial media mogul who founded Thailand's royalist "Yellow Shirt" street movement was jailed Thursday after an appeal court refused him bail over a 20-year sentence for corporate fraud, his lawyer said.

Sondhi Limthongkul, who led protests which helped trigger a 2006 army coup that toppled then premier Thaksin Shinawatra and plunged Thailand into a near-decade of political turmoil, was sentenced in 2012 but freed on bail.

On Thursday the Appeal Court upheld his conviction and refused him bail after his lawyer asked for a Supreme Court adjudication.

His conviction is for violating the Securities and Exchange Act in a case dating back to the mid-1990s.

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