About 25,000 prisoners have been granted royal pardons to celebrate the
60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's reign, the Corrections Department
The first batch of 1,660 inmates is being released at 1.30pm today from Klong Prem
Central Prison, director-general Nathee Chitsawang said.
Most of the pardoned
convicts had committed petty crimes with less than a year to serve, or are ill or
Other prisoners have had their sentences commuted. Those on death row would
be spared and spend their life behind bars, while lifers would receive a 40-year term.
Well-behaved inmates would have their penalties shortened by one-half for
an "excellent" record, one-third for "very good", one-fourth
for "good" and one-fifth for "moderately good".
infamous murderers, former medical student Serm Sakhonrat and former doctor
Sorachat "Ham" Sirichote, were among those to receive a one-fourth
Those sentenced to over eight years in prison or handed life or
death sentences before the 2004 royal decree on royal pardons went into effect
did not qualify for clemency.
Among those not considered for a pardon are gynaecologist
Wisut Boonkasemsanti, Major Chalermchai Matchaklam and Lt-General Chalor Kerdthet because
their cases were still under appeal.