BANGKOK: Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo (pic) has been sentenced to three yearsâ€™ jail for attempting to blackmail his former employer, PetroSaudi International.
Court officials said a Bangkok criminal court judge ruled that the 49-year-old would begin serving his sentence from June 22, the date of his arrest.
Justo is to serve the sentence fully in a Thai prison.
It is understood that an original sentence of six yearsâ€™ jail was reduced to three upon taking into consideration Justoâ€™s guilty plea.
The former IT executive at PetroSaudi was charged under Section 338 of the Thai Penal Code, which carries a jail sentence of between one and ten years, and a fine of between 2000 baht and 20,000 baht.
Court officials said Justo had 30 days to file an appeal.
When contacted, Justoâ€™s lawyer Pranot Kalanuson said he would consult his client on the next step.
â€œI will discuss with my client on whether he wishes to appeal,â€ Kalanuson said briefly over the phone.