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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 821

Thaksin presides over ceremony to release over 5,000 detainees

Bangkok, Dec 5 (TNA): - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Wednesday presided over a ceremony to release over 5,000 detainees nationwide to pay tribute to His Majesty the King on the auspicious occasion of his 75th birthday anniversary, which falls on December 5.

The ceremony was held at the Thai-Japanese Youth Centre here, according to TNA reporter.

The Thai leader said at the ceremony to release the total of 5,623 detainees nationwide that His Majesty the King would like to see his subjects to be free from the poverty and to be treated fairly.

The government would, therefore, restructure the country's justice system so that Thai people would be treated fairly, he stated.

He said that most of the released convicts were arrested and detained on drugs charges; so, he would like them to manage their new lives on the right direction, turning themselves to be a good force of the nation.

"All the detainees who are released today should keep in mind the benevolence of His Majesty the King and manage their new lives in the right direction, behaving themselve well and turning to be a good force of the nation", suggested the Thai leader.

All the released convicts could not pay for their fines and were, instead, detained.

To set them free, the government through Government Lottery Office paid for their fines at the rate of Bt70 a day, accounting for Bt100 million totally, according to the reporter.

This is to pay tribute to His Majesty the King on the auspicious occasion of the beloved Thai monarch's 75th birthday anniversary, which falls on December 5.

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