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Name: Royal Amnesty Decree, B.E. 2555.
Country: Thailand
Subject(s): Criminal and penal law
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2012-08-11
Entry into force:
Published on: Royal Thai Government Gazette [English version], 2012, Vol. 66, No. 6, pp. 245-252
ISN: THA-2012-L-93539
Bibliography: Royal Thai Government Gazette [English version], 2012, Vol. 66, No. 6, pp. 245-252
Abstract/Citation: The Royal Decree was adopted to provide Royal Pardons to convicts serving imprisonment terms so that they may have a chance to reform themselves and become good citizens.

Section 1. provides the official title of the Decree
Section 2. provides that it will come into force from the day following the date of its publication in the Government Gazette
Section 3. Definitions
Section 4. Eligibility criteria for pardon.
Section 5. Lists the convicts that shall be granted a Royal Amnesty and released.
(1) Detainees,
(2) Persons performing social service work and public interest work in lieu of a fine,
(3) Persons being released from correctional custody.
Section 6. Lists the imprisoned convicts that shall be pardoned under the Royal Amnesty and released subjects to sections 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
(1) the following prisoners subject to the conditions set out in the Decree:
(a) prisoners with less than one year remaining of their prisons sentence,
(b) prisoners who are disabled or have an illness as outlined in the Decree,
(c) women prisoners who have been imprisoned for the first time who has served at least half of her sentence,
(d) prisoners over the age of 60 years old if they have less than three years to serve and all prisoners 70 years and older,
(e) prisoners under the age of 20 years who has served at least half of their sentence,
(f) prisoners who have a good record
Section 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. establishes the grounds for reduction of sentences.
Section 14. provides that prisoners sentenced to death will have their sentence reduced to life imprisonment.
Section 15 and 16. deals with the procedures to implement the Decree.
Section 17 provides that the Prime Minister, Supreme Court President, Defence Minister, Interior Minister and Justice Minister shall have charge and control over the implementation of the Decree.

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