Justice minister says he will fire Praewa’s parole official if the accusation against him can be verified

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The Probation Department has been told to find out the parole official assigned to monitor Ms Orachorn “Praewa” Thephasdin na Ayudhya’s performance of community service as ordered by the court.

Justice Minister Paiboon Kumchaya said Tuesday that he was willing to fire the official if it could be proven that he had harassed Ms Praewa as she had claimed.

He said any blanket accusation which was not backed up with evidences would be damaging to parole officials in general who honestly do their job.

The justice minister pointed out that Ms Praewa’s problem was that the Probation Department did not recognize her community service at the state-run Phra Mongkutklao hospital because it did not abide by the department’s regulations.

In practice, he said that Ms Praewa had to report to the parole official about her claimed community service at Phra Mongkutklao hospital because the hospital was not included in the term of probation.

Meanwhile, ombudsman General Withawat Rachatanant said investigation was under way regarding a complaint filed to his office by Ms Praewa accusing the parole official of harassing her.

He however declined to elaborate about the case saying that he didn’t want the case to cause public conflict.