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Kratom inmates to walk free

BANGKOK: The Ministry of Justice is pledging to free and dismiss drug charges against 12,000 inmates convicted for kratom possession before the plant is formally removed from the list of banned narcotics on Aug 24.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 17 August 2021, 09:09AM

Kratom will be formally removed from the list of banned narcotics on Aug 24. Photo: Bangkok Post

Kratom will be formally removed from the list of banned narcotics on Aug 24. Photo: Bangkok Post

Kratom cultivation, usage and possession were decriminalised after the law was amended earlier this year. The move was announced in the Royal Gazette on May 26, with the changes expected to take effect from Aug 24 onwards.

“From Aug 24, kratom will no longer be an illegal narcotic. As such, those convicted for using, possessing and/or distributing it will be cleared of legal charges,” said Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin yesterday (Aug 16).

He made the remark during a meeting with senior officials from the Narcotics Litigation Department, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, Narcotics Suppression Bureau, and representatives of the Corrections Department and other related agencies.

According to figures by the Corrections Department, there are currently 1,038 inmates who are in jail on kratom-related charges. The lower court ruled on 22,076 charges this year and 50,834 last year. In total, 11,455 cases reached public prosecutors.

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“If we fail to discharge inmates in prisons before Aug 24, they will be a victim of the system, and we will need to compensate them. Therefore, I ask all related agencies to expedite their release,” he said.

Pakorn Yingvoragan, a judge with the Office of the President of the Supreme Court, said all kratom-related cases currently being heard in court will be dismissed without judgement.

Those who are remanded will be released immediately, but inmates will still need to wait for a court warrant before they can walk free, which will be read online.

As such, Mr Pakorn asked every prison to optimise their internet connection to facilitate the readings.

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Xi_Virus | 17 August 2021 - 10:39:58

So WHAT?! 

HEROIN inmate became miniXter and White-Powder EXPORT industry has bloomed since then, kratom is just a herbal tea for these ppl !%$#

JohnC | 17 August 2021 - 09:52:34

Gee, we have to liberate them before we have to pay them compensation. What hypocrisy from those who spend their lives chasing graft from these supposed criminals.


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