Justice… 100 years of jail for 300 000 THB stolen…

You want to know why the thai “justice” system is totally twisted and inane ? And why It could lead, someday, to a violent reaction within the thai population ?

The Criminal Court yesterday sentenced a former postoffice official to 50 years in jail for embezzling nearly Bt300,000.

Komkrit “Soranat” Wongsasing took Bt299,674 from 24 money orders between November 16, 2000 and March 2, 2001 when processing money orders at Dusit Post Office.

Komkrit, 32, has returned the money to Cat Telecom, which organises money orders via post offices.

“I was too young to realise I was doing wrong. I was worried about taking care of my elderly parents,” he said.

Because Komkrit pleaded guilty, the court commuted his sentence from 100 years. He was convicted of abuse of authority and corruption. Komkrit was arrested on November 18 last year. (Nation)

Everything in this news is absurd :

-crime committed in 2001, but the guy was arrested… 7 years later
-the enormity of the sentence (100 years !) compared to the stolen amount (8500 USD)
-and the money was not lost, he gave it back.

I mean… it’s hopeless. Rich people, murderers get away with bails, light or no sentence at all… but this poor sucker got 50 years…

8 Responses to “Justice… 100 years of jail for 300 000 THB stolen…”

  1. 1 James 27 February 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I think they had to make an example of this guy so that other Thais don’t get any ideas in this rough economy. I’m sure he will get some leniency after the case quiets down – maybe early release.

  2. 2 Bedwyr 28 February 2009 at 5:21 am

    It must be a supreme irony that the judges which sentenced him have probably been taking more than that in corrupt payments every year.

    The Thai judicial system being what it is…


  3. 3 David Brown 28 February 2009 at 8:25 am

    James…. make an example? of what?

    10 years, commuted to 2 because he paid the money back and appears very unlikely to reoffend (especially as he will be almost unemployable..)

    and I agree with Bedwyr… perhaps the judges were miffed because they asked Komkrit to funnel some of the money to them but he did the “honest” thing and gave it all back where it belonged

    so, the real lesson is… if the judges ask for something make sure you keep them happy (remember this is Thailand, reuled by the military, the Privy Council and elite families!)

    justice improved when Thailand was ruled by democratically elected governments and it will again after the traditional regime resigns or is overthrown!

  4. 4 Jeffrey 28 February 2009 at 10:27 am

    How totally absurd?!, particarly when the thugs who closed down the International Airport for a week, causing huge losses and damage to the country, go unchallenged!.
    Any other country would call the PAD actions “terrorism”, but not here in Happy-Land.

  5. 5 Professor 28 February 2009 at 6:03 pm

    If this guy wanted to get away with it, he should have stolen millions and millions. Then he would have been a rich Thai and not subject to prosecution.

    Never think small

  6. 6 World Citizen 28 February 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Professor exactly so.

    The population has long had the feeling that the so-called elites in politics and management don’t give a fig about the common good, but only want to shamelessly stuff their own pockets. Like the executive board members of the seven biggest U.S. banks, who treated themselves to $140 billion (!) in bonuses. And, the X-CEO’s of British Banks that treated themselves to hefty payoffs and pensions at the taxpayers expense.

    The danger is that such behavior makes social unrest likely, and this has already broken out in several countries; it will only be the beginning, if a real reorganization of the system does not take place soon.

  7. 7 Mike Hunt 1 March 2009 at 5:37 am

    300,000 baht is $8500 not $85K. I’d like to trade some currency with you!

    Sadly, this is chump change in Thailand. If they guy gave 200,000 baht to the police investigating he would have walked.


  8. 8 ThaiCrisis 1 March 2009 at 7:28 am

    Oops. I’m really tired. Error corrected.

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