05 Dec '11, 4pm

Thai King pardons 26,000 inmates, including drug convicts

Thai King pardons 26,000 inmates, including drug convicts

The Nation/Asia News Network Monday, Dec 05, 2011 The decree, which was signed by His Majesty, was based on the one initiated last year by the Democrat Party-led government. In a statement published in the Royal Gazette, His Majesty said the convicts should be given a second chance. To be eligible for this year's royal pardon, inmates must have been detained in prisons or detention centres sanctioned by the court or government agencies. This year's pardon differs significantly from last year's by including inmates convicted on drug charges, as long as their sentences were not longer than eight years. Using the broader criteria, the Corrections Department screened inmates and found 26,000 eligible. The first batch of 12,000 will be released on Thursday and the rest will be freed gradually, said the director-general of the Department of Corrections, Pol Colonel Suchart Wonga...

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