BANGKOK — Even ministers suspected of drug trafficking and holding fake PhDs need a day off.

Deputy agriculture minister Thammanat Prompao is skipping Tuesday’s cabinet meeting to recuperate in Bangkok Hospital due to a high fever, according to a photo and information sent by Thammanat’s aides to the press.

In the photo, Thammanat can be seen giving a victory sign while in a hospital bed.

Thammanat is currently embroiled in allegations that he spent four years in an Australian jail for drug trafficking. He has also been accused of claiming to have earned a PhD from a bogus institution. The minister has denied both accusations.

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