Thai king's estranged former senior aide sentenced to prison

A court has sentenced a former high-ranking police officer and aide to Thailand's king to three years in prison for dereliction of duty and land encroachment.

Jumpol Manmai was also stripped of his retirement rank of police general, according to a statement issued Friday by the royal palace. King Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun took the throne last December after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Jumpol was dismissed last week from his duties as a palace Grand Chamberlain by an order declaring him to be unfit to hold the job.

Thai media reported that a court in the northeast province of Nakhon Ratchasima on Friday sentenced Jumpol to four years in prison for dereliction of duty and two years for land encroachment, but halved the sentences because he pleaded guilty.