Wednesday 16 August 2017

Prisoner released three years late

A Thai man was released from an Indonesian prison after spending three extra years behind bars because of a typo in his paperwork
A Thai man was released from an Indonesian prison after spending three extra years behind bars because of a typo in his paperwork

A Thai man was released from an Indonesian prison after spending three extra years behind bars because of a typo in his paperwork, a report said.

Kamjai Khong Thavorn, 53, should have been released in 2007 after serving a 20-year sentence for heroin possession but a clerical error wrongly stated his first year in prison as 1997 instead of 1987, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Kamjai was released on Thursday after he told Indonesia's justice minister of the mistake during a chance meeting on the minister's tour of the maximum security prison in Central Java.

"We realised the mistake that was made, so he was released unconditionally," the prison's warden said.

Kamjai has been taken to the Thai Embassy in Jakarta, the warden confirmed.

Officials at the justice ministry and prison could not immediately be reached for comment.

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