Corrections authorities plan to use electronic bracelets to keep tabs on juvenile delinquents, with a government legal expert recommending they be used with political prisoners.
The Department of Probation held a meeting on the electronic monitoring devices yesterday.
Speaking at the meeting, Ukrit Mongkolnavin, chairman of the Independent Committee for Promotion of the Rule of Law, said electronic bracelets should be used with political prisoners, as well as with juvenile delinquents and female offenders.
Mr Ukrit said the cabinet approved in principle last Tuesday the use of electronic bracelets on juvenile delinquents by the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection.
He said political demonstrators had been detained for over a year and a proposed amnesty for them was stalled by bickering over how to go about it.
He said using monitoring devices could make their release less of a problem.
Dol Bunnag, chief judge at the Office of the President of the Supreme Court, said the bracelets should be introduced when police are ready to use them and able to swiftly reach violators.
Sufficient resources would be needed to monitor the people who are wearing the devices. Defendants released with electronic monitoring devices might intimidate witnesses once they are free to move about. The devices should be applied case-by-case based on defendants' behaviour, Mr Dol said.
"Though they are not criminal suspects, suspects in political cases can intimidate witnesses if they are released," he said.
Thanit Praphatanund, director of the IT Crime Prevention and Suppression Bureau under the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, said 1,000 electronic bracelets will be bought at 20,000 baht apiece.
Any bid to destroy or hack the equipment would be tantamount to making a jailbreak attempt.
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