Thailand’s former PM Thaksin Shinawatra moved to hospital after first night in jail | Thaksin Shinawatra

Thailand’s jailed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was moved to a hospital overnight after suffering a health problem on the first night of his detention, just hours after he returned from years of exile, police said.

The status of the health of 74-year-old Thaksin was not immediately clear.

Corrections department officials had on Tuesday said Thaksin had pre-existing issues with his heart, lungs and spine and blood pressure, and he would be monitored closely.

“The prison has assessed the situation and saw that it lacks doctors and medical equipment that can take care of the patient so he was sent to the police hospital,” Assistant National Police Chief Lieutenant General Prachuab Wongsuk told Reuters.

Thailand’s supreme court confirmed on Tuesday Thaksin would have to serve eight years in prison, after years in exile following convictions for abuse of power and conflicts of interest.

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