Ex-EC members Prinya, Vasana to be freed on parole

  • Vasana Puemlarp (C), head of Thai Election Commission is escorted by correctional bureau officers to a criminal court in Bangkok, 25 July 2006. The three members of Thailand’s election commission were sentenced to four years in prison 25 July after a court found them guilty of malfeasance in the handling of April’s inconclusive election. AFP PHOTO/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL

Two former members of the Election Commission (EC)–Prinya Nakchudtree and Pol Gen Vasana Puemlarp–are among the 283 convicts to be freed on parole after having served two-third of their jail sentence, Corrections Department director-general Pol Col Narat Sawettanan said on Dec 12.

Pol Col Narat said the decision was made at the first meeting on Dec 12 of the parole board, whose members are from various agencies including the Department of Probation, Department of Rights and Liberties Protection, Department of Special Investigation, Office of the Narcotics Control Board, Department of Provincial Administration, Department of Social Development and Welfare, Department of Mental Health, Royal Thai Police, Office of the Judiciary and Office of the Attorney General.

The meeting, the third for fiscal 2018, passed a resolution to release 283 prisoners on parole. They include Prinya Nakchudtree and Pol Gen Vasana Puemlarp, both 76, former EC members sentenced to two years imprisonment for dereliction of duty in their supervision of elections in April 2006.

The two have served one year, six months and 13 days in jail.  Their remaining time in jail is five months and 22 days.

They are subject to behavorial control by the probation office.

In fiscal 2017, a total of 4,506 prisoners filed for parole and 2,636 of them, or 57.98%, were released.