King Maha Vajiralongkorn gives 200,000 prisoners general pardon on his birthday

More than 200,000 inmates received a royal pardon today to mark His Majesty the King’s 69th birthday, including 35,000 inmates on parole.

These detainees will either be released on parole or face their sentences under the Royal Pardon Royal Decree 2021, within 120 days of the decree coming into effect on Wednesday, Director-General of the Department of Corrections, Aryut Sinthopphan, said yesterday. during an interview.

The 35,000 inmates on parole are now in 143 prisons across the country and are eligible to be released under the new royal decree, Aryut said.

One of them is noted news anchor Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda, who is now free but still wears an electronic recording device as a condition of his early release from prison since March 14, after two royal pardons, Aryut said. Under this new royal grace, he will be allowed to take off the surveillance device immediately, although previously he had to wear it until May 20 next year, Aryut said.

The journalist, sentenced to eight years in January 2020 for misappropriating advertising revenue, had served a total of two years and four months

Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, will be released on parole next month. Jatuporn is eligible for parole under a new royal pardon as he has less than a year to serve in prison, Mr Aryut said.

Like all prisoners on parole, Jatuporn will first participate in a training program known as Khok Nong Na, Mr Aryut said. Khok Nong Na is an agricultural model based on the New Theory of Agriculture and the Sufficiency Economy philosophy, promulgated by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great.

Former Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Juthamas Siriwan, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison for bribery in connection with hosting the Bangkok International Film Festival, will also receive a reduced sentence to 17 years, the director said. General known.

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