People wrongly prosecuted and detained “have the right to compensation”


BANGKOK: The Justice Ministry is looking for 411 people who have been unfairly prosecuted, tried and imprisoned in criminal cases – but subsequently not guilty and released to inform them that they are entitled to compensation under the law, said Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said on Sunday (July 11).

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin delivers a speech marking the 130th anniversary of the establishment of the ministry on Chaeng Watthana Road in Laksi district, Bangkok, March 25. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill / Bangkok Post

Of the 411 people released from prison by the Correctional Service, 26 were in Bangkok and 385 in other provinces, reports the Bangkok Post.

Mr Somsak said he tasked the Department for the Protection of Rights and Freedoms to locate the 411s and inform them of their rights to compensation.

The department then attempted to locate them using information from the main database, contacting their community leaders and through their families, he said.

It was difficult to determine where they actually were because after being released they did not return home, as official home records show.

Somsak said those affected can seek compensation by filing a claim with each province’s Justice Bureau and the Department for the Protection of Rights and Freedoms.

Under the Criminal Compensation Act 2001, amended in 2016, people prosecuted, detained during trials and imprisoned – but whose cases were subsequently withdrawn or found not guilty – are entitled to compensation as soon as possible. their release.

Compensation includes B500 per day during detention; medical expenses up to 40,000 baht; rehabilitation costs up to 50,000 baht; loss of income based on daily labor wages in each province; and legal fees up to 30,000 B.

In the event of death, their relatives are entitled to compensation of 100,000 baht – 20,000 baht for funeral expenses, 40,000 baht for lost financial support and other expenses up to 40,000 baht.


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