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Thai PM loses three ministers involved in 2014 royalist uprising

Court verdict creates speculation about possible cabinet reshuffle

Thailand's dismissed Digital Economy and Science Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta belongs to the ruling Palang Pracharat party and was a key player in internet regulation and lese-majeste prosecutions.     © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Three ministers in Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's cabinet have been forced out of office after the Central Criminal Court in Bangkok found them guilty of involvement in street protests that culminated in the 2014 coup which installed then army chief Prayuth as prime minister.

Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years; Education Minister Natapol Teepsuwan received a term of seven years and four months; and Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senniam got five years.

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