Deputy PM wants to speed up executions of drug offenders

February 7, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung is backing an amendment to the Narcotics Act to shorten the appeals process for drug offenders sentenced to death and expedite their executions. Mr Chalerm, who oversees the government’s narcotics suppression drive, said on Monday he was discussing the idea with Achporn Charuchinda, secretary-general of the Office of the Council of State.

His proposal covers drug offenders given the death penalty by the Criminal Court. They will no longer be allowed to file an appeal to the Court of Appeal in Regions 1-9 but only to the main Court of Appeal. If the Appeal Court rules in favour of the lower court’s decision to execute the defendants, a clear time frame will be given for when the sentence is to be carried out, he said.

“In drug cases, when the lower court and the appeal court agree [with the death sentence], the execution date can be scheduled immediately. There will be no need for extensions,” Mr Chalerm said.

2 Responses to Deputy PM wants to speed up executions of drug offenders

  1. Geoff Anderson
    February 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    when was the last execution in Thailand

    • Richard Barrow
      February 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      The last execution was in 2009.

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