On the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s 69th birthday on Wednesday, more than Two Lakh prisoners have been granted a royal pardon. This includes 35,000 inmates who will be released on parole.
According to the director-general of the Department of Corrections Aryut Sinthopphan, Royal Pardon Royal Decree imposed today under 2021, pardons will be granted within the next 120 days. Mr. Aryut said the 35,000 inmates who are allowed parole are now in 143 prisons across the nation. Those prisoners are eligible to be released under the new royal decree. This new royal pardon includes the well-known newscaster Sorrayuth Suthassanchinda who is now free but still wears an electronic monitoring device. A new royal pardon will allow him to remove the monitoring device immediately.
Next month, Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship will be released on the payroll. Jatuporn is also eligible for the new royal pardon because he has less than a year to serve in prison.
Prisoners with repeated crimes, misbehaved while serving, convicted in major drug cases, who face death sentences aren’t eligible to receive a royal pardon.