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Between 30,000-50,000 prisoners to be freed on royal pardon in Thailand

Bangkok / Between 30,000 and 50,000 prisoners will be released and many others will see their sentences commuted in Thailand under a royal pardon granted by the king on Friday on occasion of his recent coronation.

The Department of Corrections said in a statement that the first batch of hundreds of prisoners were being released on Friday, including a young man who was sentenced in 2017 to two years and six months in prison for lèse-majesté (insulting the monarch).

Jatupat Boonpattaraksa, known as Pai Dao Din, was the first person convicted during the reign of King Maha Vajiralongkorn (who ascended to the throne in late 2016 upon the death of his father) for lèse-majesté, a law that establishes sentences of up to 15 years in prison to those who criticize or mock the royal family.

In a message posted on Facebook following his release from a prison in the province of Khon Kaen (northeast), Jatupat said he felt deeply moved and pledged to fight with love for democracy and freedom.

The young man was arrested for sharing on social media a profile critical of the monarch published by the BBC. After his imprisonment, he was awarded the prestigious Gwangju Prize for Human Rights granted by South Korea.

Alt= prisioneros recién liberados tras haber recibido el indulto real EFE EPA

Prisoners after receiving the pardon are ordained monks to honor the king of Thailand. EFE / Narong Sangnak

“Now I will stop sharing news first and in the future, we will see,” he said.

Jatupat was 26 years old at the time of his conviction.

Others who were freed included four leaders of the conservative “yellow shirt” protester movement, which in late 2008 occupied Bangkok’s main airport and forced it to temporarily shut down operations.

The pardon is expected to be applied within a period of 120 days since it came into effect Saturday.

It will benefit, among others, prisoners on probation, persons over the age of 60 years who have less than three years left to complete their sentence or those under the age of 20 who have been sentenced for the first time and have already served half their jail terms.

On the other hand, those sentenced to death will see their sentence commuted to life imprisonment, as long as they have not benefited from a previous pardon.

King Vajiralongkorn, the 10th monarch of the Chakri dynasty, rose to the throne in December 2016, three months after the death of his father, the revered Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), who had reigned for seven decades. (May 10, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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cómo fue la coronación del monarca de Tailandia.
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la reciente detención de miles de personas en Tailandia.
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unas personas que han sido indultadas por el rey de Tailandia.
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se desmiente miles de personas hayan sido indultadas por el rey de Tailandia.
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decenas de miles de personas serán puestas en libertad ya que fueron indultadas.
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es poco probable que algunos presos hayan sido condenados por ser críticos con la familia real.
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todos los condenados a la pena capital serán liberados.
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este indulto real no solo lo reciben personas mayores sino también jóvenes.
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es posible que haya reos que vuelvan a ser indultados.
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El monarca será coronado muy pronto. (The monarch will be crowned very soon.)
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En absoluto.
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No se sabe.
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ningún elefante llevaba ningún tipo de adorno durante el desfile.
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ese desfile está relacionado con la coronación del rey de Tailandia.
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miles de elefantes estuvieron desfilando en una ciudad tailandesa.
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una condición.
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lo
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la
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