Parole for Kamnan Poh

Parole for Kamnan Poh

Somchai Khunploem, alias Kamnan Poh, is taken to the Crime Suppression Division following his arrest at a Lat Krabang toll gate in February 2013. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)
Somchai Khunploem, alias Kamnan Poh, is taken to the Crime Suppression Division following his arrest at a Lat Krabang toll gate in February 2013. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)

The justice minister has approved parole for Somchai Khunploem, the notorious Chon Buri godfather known as Kamnan Poh, as he has stage-4 cancer, the chief of the Corrections Department said on Friday.

Narat Sawetanant, the director-general of the department, said he proposed the special parole to Justice Minister Prajin Juntong who approved it on Thursday.

Somchai, 80, qualified for special parole because he had stage-4 cancer and was older than 70 years, Pol Col Narat said.

Local media reports said that he had been treated at Police General Hospital in Bangkok for about a year.

In 2012, the Supreme Court sentenced Somchai to 25 years in jail for masterminding the murder of Prayoon Sitthichoke, also known as Kamnan Yoon, at a wedding in March 2003.

He was arrested in the following year while travelling out of Bangkok to Chon Buri after receiving treatment at a hospital in the capital.


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