His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun on Saturday granted a sweeping Royal pardon for prisoners and detainees throughout the country on the occasion of his succession to the throne.
The Royal decree regarding the Royal pardon was countersigned by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and published in the Royal Gazette on Saturday.
Under the Royal decree, prisoners serving detention term; those ordered to perform public service in lieu of fines and those placed on probation will be released from prison.
Prisoners who are totally blind; without both legs or hands and certified as being disabled by two doctors; who are lepers or who are suffering from cancer, AIDS, mental problem or serious kidney problem; first-time female prisoners who have served at least one-thirds of their prison terms will be set free under the Royal decree.
Prisoners who are older than 60 and who have served at least one-thirds of their prison terms as well as first-time prisoners who have served at least one-thirds of their terms.
Prisoners on death row for specific offences will have their sentence commuted to life imprisonment; those serving life imprisonment will have their jailterm reduced to 50 years and then cut by half for prisoners classified as outstanding, one-thirds for very good prisoners and one-fourths for prisoners classified as good.
On other offences, the prison term cutback differ from one-fifths to one-sixths for outstanding prisoners; one-sixths or one-sevenths for very good prisoners and one-sevenths to one-eighths for good prisoners.
Prisoners serving jailterms for offences stipulated in Sections 276, 277, 280, 285 and 343 of the Criminal Code and prisoners serving more than eight years' imprisonment for offences related to drugs trafficking, import, export or production of illicit drugs will not be eligible to Royal pardon.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)