Royal pardons for convicts

Royal pardons for convicts

Convicts attend a religious ceremony before their release from Klongprem Central Prison in Bangkok in 2015. His Majesty the King has granted a royal pardon to many categories of convicts on the occasion of his coronation. (File photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Convicts attend a religious ceremony before their release from Klongprem Central Prison in Bangkok in 2015. His Majesty the King has granted a royal pardon to many categories of convicts on the occasion of his coronation. (File photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

To mark the coronation and allow convicts the chance to be good citizens for the national interest, His Majesty the King has granted pardons and commuted sentences for many categories of prisoners, including some on death row, and offenders on probation.

The Royal Gazette published a royal decree on the royal pardons on Friday, effective on Saturday.

Those who receive pardons include convicts in confinement, offenders performing public service instead of fines, those on probation, inmates with a year or less remaining on their sentence, or with serious disabilities and illnesses, such as terminal cancer and Aids.

The royal amnesty also applies to women jailed for the first time who have served at least half their sentence, those aged 60 years and over with remaining terms up to three years, and prisoners aged 70 and above. 

Other beneficiaries include first-time prisoners younger than 20 years who have served at least half their sentence and model prisoners with up to two years of their sentence remaining.

Those on death row face life imprisonment instead.

Jail terms were commuted for those sentenced to life imprisonment and drug offenders sentenced to eight years or longer, or life imprisonment, or who are aged 70 years or more.

Recidivists and inmates who are not model prisoners or have been badly behaved are not entitled to the pardon.


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