BANGKOK- Thailand’s former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was moved from a Bangkok prison to a hospital, following health concerns on his first night in jail after returning from exile.
The Corrections Department said that Thaksin was transferred to Bangkok’s police hospital in the early hours of Wednesday .
It said the action was to avoid the risk that could threaten his life after developing symptoms of chest tightness, hypertension, and low blood oxygen levels.
The 74-year-old has several diseases that need to be monitored, and the prison ward is not well equipped to treat his condition, the department said in a statement.
Thaksin was Thailand’s premier from 2001 to 2006 after he was overthrown in a military coup.
He was accused of corruption and abuse of power as well as disrespect for the monarchy.
In 2008, he fled the country into exile to avoid imprisonment.
He returned to the country on Tuesday after 15 years in self-imposed exile.
He was put behind bars upon arrival to serve an eight-year sentence due to several convicted charges. (Xinhua/NAN)