BANGKOK - SIX Thai lawmakers have lost their seats after a court found them guilty of violating a conflict of interest law.

Thailand's constitution bans lawmakers from benefiting from ventures linked to state concessions.

Deputy Interior Minister Boonjong Wongtrairat - through his spouse - and Deputy Transport Minister Kuakul Danchaiwijit held shares in a state enterprise involved with oil exploration and production.

The other four lawmakers, some from the opposition, also held shares in privatized state enterprises.

Later this year, the Constitutional Court will likely rule on charges that governing Democrat Party misused campaign funds.

If the party is found guilty, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva could be barred from politics for five years.

Thai court fires 6 lawmakers