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Wrongly prosecuted,entitled to compensation

Thailand’s Justice Ministry is looking for 411 people who were wrongly prosecuted, tried, convicted and imprisoned in criminal cases, to inform them that they are entitled to compensation under the law on compensation in criminal cases of 2001

.Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said on Sunday that he has instructed the Rights and Liberties Protection Department to locate the 411 people, who were subsequently found to be not guilty and released from prisons, to inform them of their rights to compensation.

He said the department has tried to locate them using information from the main database, by contacting their community leaders and through their families.

Meanwhile, those affected can claim compensation by filing a request with the Office of the Judiciary in any province and the Department of Rights and Liberties Protection.

The compensation includes 500 baht per day while in detention, medical expenses of up to 40,000 baht, rehabilitation costs up to 50,000 baht, lost income based on the daily labor wage in each province and legal expenses of up to 30,000 baht.

In the case of death, their relatives are entitled to 100,000 baht compensation.


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