Justice ministry to speed up aid centre for persons unfairly treated by justice system

The Justice Minister has urged all justice officials to speedily set up a centre to assist people who were unfairly treated by the police inquiry system after an innocent prisoner freed by the Supreme Court in 2015 was put back to jail for another crime.

The ministry's permanent secretary Pol Col Dusadee Arayawut said the minister, Suwaphan Tanyuwattana, ordered all justice executives at the meeting to set up the aid centre to help people unjustly treated by the justice system.

His order came after the Supreme Court dropped murder conspiracy charge against four prisoners and freed them in 2015.

But one prisoner Worawit Sinthingwit was put back in jail after police filed drug charge against him.

Worawit's family later sought help from the Justice Ministry in 2015 with reason that he was wrongly convicted.

The complaint prompted the ministry to designate the Department of Special Investigation to probe which later showed he and three others were scapegoats.

The finding had convinced the court to rule the four not guilty and freed them. Only Worawit was not freed but booked for drug charge.

But reinvestigation by the DSI showed Worawit's name is the same as five others serving jail sentence at the same prison in Ubon Ratchathani.

The finding by DSI was forwarded to the Udomdech Provincial Court which decided to free him from prison yesterday.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)