A Thai court disbanded the political party of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra Wednesday over election law violations.

The Constitutional Tribunal earlier found the Thai Rak Thai party guilty of financing obscure parties to run against it in last year's elections to get around rules requiring a minimum voter turnout.

"The defendant is responsible for holding up democratic ways. It used parliamentary elections only as a means to achieve totalitarian power," Judge Vichai Chuenchompoonuj said. "It goes to show that the defendant does not believe in the democratic system. It also shows no respect for the rule of law which is key to the democratic system."