Boonsong and Sorrayuth settle into prison routine
Two high-profile figures who have spent more than 10 days behind bars have adjusted to their new environment and no longer show signs of tension, prison officials said on Saturday.
Late last month, the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders handed former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyapirom a 42-year sentence for approving four bogus government-to-government rice export deals with China which cost the treasury massive losses. The court rejected a bail application from his family.
Corrections Department director general Kobkiat Kasiwiwat said Boonsong had been able to adapt himself and his blood pressure was now normal.
Earlier, Boonsong, who is being detained in Klong Prem Central Prison, was allowed to go to the Central Prison Hospital to seek medical treatment after he developed a severe headache, which turned out to be a symptom of high blood pressure.
In another case, the Supreme Court has rejected bail petitions from celebrated former TV news host Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda in a bribery and embezzlement case involving commercial air time on the state-owned public broadcaster Mass Communications Organisation of Thailand.
The Lower and Appeal Court handed down a jail term of 13 years and four months to Sorrayuth.
Krit Krasaethip, chief of the Bangkok Remand Prison, said that Sorrayuth was not stressed and had been able to adjust himself and eat. He does his private daily routine and chats with fellow prisoners, Krit said. His relatives, colleagues and lawyer often visited him.
Sorrayuth is detained in the first zone at Bangkok Remand Prison.
Earlier, the chief warden said he wanted to put Sorrayuth in a public relations job while in detention. But Krit said he has not assigned any job to the former TV host because his case was not yet finalised, with the possibility of further action in the Supreme Court.