The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the lower courts' decision to hand five defendants jail sentences of two to six years for their involvement in a lottery-fixing scam.
Somtrakul Jobkrathok, Kittichart Kulpradit, Suriyan Duangkaew, Pichai Thep-arak and bookmaker Narong 'Klom Bang Kruai' Unpaet were indicted by the prosecution on charges of cheating and illegal assembly in connection with the lottery-fixing racket.
The five defendants were found to have fixed the 1 June 2001 draw of the lottery by marking lottery balls with a luminous chemical liquid and coaching people working for them to select the marked balls, causing the first prize number to be 113311.
On Dec 29, 2004 the Criminal Court sentence the five to six years each in jail - two years for cheating and four years for illegal assembly. They appealed.
The Appeals Court on June 23, 2006 upheld the six year jail terms for Somtrakul, Kittichart, Narong and Suriyan. The court cleared Pichai on the illegal assembly charge and reduced his prison term to two years for cheating.
Somtrakul, Narong, Suriyan and Pichai then brought their case to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court upheld the Appeals Court's verdict.
Only Somtrakul and Pichai turned up to hear today's court verdict. The court issued a warrant for the arrest of Narong and Suriyan who did not attend.
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