Thai Prison News

Latest news about prisons in Thailand from the local and international media.

Aussie in Thai hunger strike

September 9, 2004
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an’t get cash from anyone. If I’m involved I’m certainly not alone. “I should get a chance to go to court and answer the charges. I’m prepared to plead guilty for what I’ve done.” Garnett said the hunger strike would stop only if he died or was transferred to the US or Australia. “I’d rather…

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The Execution of Thai Justice

July 22, 2004
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For the first time ever, television cameras have been given access to Thailand’s notorious Bangkwang prison, also known in the West as the “Bangkok Hilton”. Of its 7,000 inmates – mostly drug offenders – 883 have been sentenced to death. Bangkwang is Bangkok’s maximum-security jail; designed for lifers and death row prisoners. The Thai people…

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Drug smuggler jailed in Thailand

March 24, 2004
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A man from Greater Manchester who smuggled 3,400 ecstasy tablets into Thailand has been jailed for 99 years. Michael Connell, 19, from Bury, escaped the death penalty at a Thai court on Wednesday, by pleading guilty. Connell, 19, was arrested at Bangkok’s international airport on 10 November 2003 with the pills hidden in facial cream…

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Teenager held in Thailand on drug charge

The father of a British teenager arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle 3,400 ecstasy tablets into Thailand said last night he had no idea he had even left the country. Michael Connell, 19, from Bury, Greater Manchester, was seized after an X-ray machine at Bangkok’s international airport detected the pills. He faces the mandatory…

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Aussie charged in Thai prison Net drug scam

June 24, 2002
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US authorities have indicted an Australian inmate at Thailand’s Klong Prem prison, alleging that he used the Internet to manage a heroin shipping operation while incarcerated at the facility.Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has confirmed that the Australian Embassy in Bangkok is providing consular assistance to Australian Mitchell Ian Blake [also known…

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Police quell Thai prison riot

January 15, 2002
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Reports from Thailand say police have fired tear gas to put down a riot by hundreds of inmates at a juvenile prison. One police officer and one inmate were seriously injured in the violence at the detention centre in Surat Thani province about 530 kilometres (330 miles) south of Bangkok. The Associated Press news agency…

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Thai prison hostage drama ends in shoot-out

November 23, 2000
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Thai commandos on Thursday shot dead a band of armed Myanmar prison escapees who held the governor of a Thai jail and two of his staff hostage in a dramatic overnight chase to the border. All the captives were injured during the rescue mission but miraculously none died in the hail of gunfire that lasted…

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