Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thailand: 155 Pardons 295 Commutations of Sentence

Over 155 inmates were released from Phuket Provincial Prison this morning following a "Royal Pardon" decreed by the King on the occasion of his 84th birthday on December 5. All of them had less than a year left on their sentences and some were provided with money for transportation to their homes, far away. At the release ceremony, a buddhist monk sprinkled "holy water" on the former inmates, who then "joined in a tribute to HM The King."

Meanwhile, inside the prison, it is also reported that the sentences of another 295 inmates have been reduced. But the structure is still overcrowded 2x its design capacity. 80 percent of the inmates are said to be drug offenders. See complete story here.

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