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Corrections Department told to tighten up medical checks of detainees

The Corrections Department has been told by the Justice Ministry to tighten up medical checks of detainees held at the prison inside the 11th Army Circle to make sure that the detainees are healthy and will not succumb to their deaths.

Thai corrections departmentThe instruction follows a speculation about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two allged lese majeste offenders, Pol Maj Prakrom Warunprapa and Suriyan “Mor Yong” Sucharitpolwong, at the prison within a month.

Human rights activists have called for the closure of the prison on Nakhon Chaisri road which is in the compound of the Army Circle 11 but under the supervision of the Corrections Department.

Justice Minister Paiboon Kumchaya said today (Tuesday) that he would discuss with director-general of the Corrections Department about the opening of the prison for a visit by members of the media to clear up widespread suspicion about the deaths of the two suspects.

Mor Yong was said by the department to have died from blood infection on November 7 while Pol Maj Prakrom committed suicide.

General Paiboon said the prison in question was holding detainees charged with lese majeste and those charged with the Erawan Shrine bombing incident.

The detention of the lese majeste suspects depends on the needs of the National Police Office as the venue is convenient for the police to escort the suspects to the court or to coordinate with relevant agencies, the minister explained.

Thai PBS

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