Sawai Pattano, former justice minister and several-times Songkhla MP, died early on Thursday. He was 85 years old.
His son, Prai Pattano, mayor of Hat Yai Municipality, posted on his Facebook wall that Sawai died at Sonkhla Hospital of natural causes at 1am.
A bathing rite wil be held at the Khok Nao Temple in Hat Yai at 4pm.
Sawai was born on October 1, 1934. He graduated from Thammasat University's Faculty of Law. He entered politics as Songkhla MP of the Democrat Party in 1975.
He had been deputy House speaker and deputy interior minister, deputy transport minister and justice minister. He retired from politics in 1995.