The Department of Corrections on Wednesday denied reports that Sondhi Limthongkul, a former media magnate and controversial political activist, was seriously ill after spending his first night behind bars.
“He is still detained in Klong Prem Central Prison and his health is in good condition,” a statement by the department said.
On Tuesday, the former media tycoon was sentenced by the Supreme Court to 20 years in jail for forging corporate documents to solicit a Bt1.07-billion loan from Krungthai Bank in 1997.
Two others convicted in the same case who were handed tough sentences, Yupin Chanthana and Saowaluk Thiranuchanyong, former directors and executives of Manager Media Group, have congenital diseases, the statement said. However, their blood pressure was normal, it said.
The department added that the two women convicted in the case, who are detained at the Central Women Correctional Institution, would received medical check-ups by prison doctors later.