Sorrayuth in jail after appeal denied, bail denied (Updated)

Corrections officers bring Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda from the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases in Dusit district, Bangkok, to the Bangkok Remand Prison on Tuesday. PATIPAT JANTHONG

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Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda has lost his appeal of a 13-year, four-month jail term for his role in a bribery and embezzlement scandal and the Supreme Court has rejected his request for bail.

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Evening update

The Supreme Court has rejected Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda's bail request.

Afternoon update

Bail request not yet approved

It looks like Sorrayuth and the two women defendants will spend some time in jail.

The Appeal Court has decided to let the Supreme Court rule on their bail request, which was likely to take a few days. Each offered a surety of 4 million baht.

Sorrayuth was to be detained at Bangkok Remand Prison pending the court's decision, and the two women at the Central Women's Correctional Institution in Chutuchak district.

Sorrayuth outside the Appeal Court earlier this month. PATIPAT JANTHONG

Morning story

Appeals Court upholds Sorayuth's 13-year prison sentence

Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda, formerly the popular TV host of Channel 3's morning news programme, has lost his appeal of a 13-year, four-month jail term for his role in a bribery and embezzlement scandal.

The Appeals Court on Tuesday said it saw no reason to overturn the 2016 Criminal Court ruling.

Sorrayuth and his company, Rai Som, and two other defendants were found guilty of cheating the Mass Communications Organisation of Thailand (MCOT) out of more than 138 million baht in advertising revenue during his news talk programme on Channel 9 in 2005 and 2006 by bribing an MCOT employee to conceal records of extra advertising.

Members of Sorrayuth's former morning show team arrive at the Appeal Court to give him moral support. PATIPAT JANTHONG

He was sentenced to 13 years and four months in prison and was released on bail.

Post Today reports that his lawyer is preparing a request for bail and Mr Sorayuth will then file an appeal with the Supreme Court.

Here is some additional information from our online reporters:

The case involves Mr Sorrayuth's company, Rai Som Co, and two other defendants, Rai Som employee Montha Theeradet and former MCOT Plc employee Pichapa Iamsa-ard, who was formerly known as Chanapha Boonto.

The Criminal Court in February 2016 sentenced Sorrayuth and Montha each to 13 years and four months in jail for supporting malfeasance by a government official. Pichapa was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. Rai Som was fined 80,000 baht. The three defendants were released on bail of 2 million baht pending appeal.


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