Thailand's Criminal Court sentenced the wife of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to three years in jail on Thursday after finding her guilty of tax evasion.
The verdict is the first in several lawsuits prepared against Thaksin and his family and associates by anti-graft investigators appointed after a 2006 coup.
Potjaman Shinawatra, her brother Bannapot Damapong and her secretary were charged with colluding to evade tax worth 546 million baht ($16.3 million) in the transfer of shares in a telecoms firm Thaksin founded.
The three have not said if they would appeal, but their lawyers have said they would take their case up to the Supreme Court.
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