Thailand's supreme court has rejected an appeal by ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra against a seizure of his assets, worth about 1.5 billion dollars.
The court order to seize the assets has become final, after a majority of the judges at a session on Wednesday voted to turn down his appeal.
The assets were frozen in 2006 when Thaksin was overthrown in a military coup. In February, the court determined that the assets should be seized because Thaksin made them illegally through a stock transaction which took advantage of his office. He appealed.
Thaksin, who has lived in self-imposed exile overseas since his ouster, did not attend Wednesday's session.
The court's decision could spark a protest by his supporters.
Many of those who took part in a 2-month anti-government protest this spring were his supporters.