Dutch agree Thai prisoner exchange treaty

24th March 2004, Comments 0 comments

24 March 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands and Thailand reached official agreement in Bangkok on Tuesday on the text of the prisoner exchange treaty between the two countries. A Justice Ministry spokesman said the treaty will allow prisoners under certain conditions to serve out their prison term in their home country, but it will only come into force when political consent is given.

24 March 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands and Thailand reached official agreement in Bangkok on Tuesday on the text of the prisoner exchange treaty between the two countries.
 
A Justice Ministry spokesman said the treaty will allow prisoners under certain conditions to serve out their prison term in their home country, but it will only come into force when political consent is given.

The treaty is especially important for the estimated 15 Dutch prisoners serving time in the notorious Thai penitentiary system. Thai jails have been regularly criticised for human rights abuses.

A delegation of Justice and Interior Ministry officials succeeded over the course of two days to eliminate the final hurdles around the treaty, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Wednesday.

Progress on the treaty accelerated in January when Foriegn Minister Ben Bot accompanied Queen Beatrix to the South-East Asian nation on a five-day State visit. The Queen is also believed to have played a role in the securing progress.

The treaty spells out certain conditions which need to be met before a prisoner can serve out their prison term in their home country. But the time frame in which a Dutch detainee may submit a request depends on the sentence handed down.

If the prisoner is sentenced to a life term, he or she will first need to serve out a considerable number of years in the Thai prison system before being allowed to return to the Netherlands. Shorter jail terms will allow a quicker transfer to the Dutch prison system.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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