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Mushroom-picking couple's prison term reduced to 5 years

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Mushroom-picking couple's prison term reduced to 5 years

By Chayanit Itthipongmaetee, Staff Reporter

 

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Daeng Sirisorn and Udom Sirisorn are escorted by officers into a courtroom Tuesday morning in Kalasin province.

 

KALASIN — A middle-aged couple appealing harsh punishment for picking mushrooms from a protected forest had their sentences reduced by 10 years by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

 

Udom Sirisorn and Daeng Sirisorn, 54 and 51 respectively, were handed down reduced sentences of five years by a court in Kalasin province, seven years after they were first convicted of illegal logging there.

 

Full story:  http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/courts/2017/05/02/mushroom-picking-couples-prison-term-reduced-5-years/

 
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Could comment about the disparities between how the poor and rich are served 'justice', but why bother

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1 minute ago, PremiumLane said:

Could comment about the disparities between how the poor and rich are served 'justice', but why bother

It's part of the reconciliation efforts :sleep:

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Mushroom picking classified as "illegal logging". Gotta love rule-by-law.

 

Someone in the judicial system: prosecutor or judge should have nipped this in the bud, but these commoners need to be made an example of I guess.

 

Five years (from fifteen) still seems overly harsh? Were they wearing some illegal red-shirts, or in possession of the wrong type of red bowl? 

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Just as well they weren't selling drugs or stealing and cheating people,

or even, god forbid, worse, kill people while driving, they'd get 2-3 years

in the slammer for sure....that's if you are not a hi-so person....

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They should have originally received a suspended sentence of six months -- at the most.  A small fine would have been the better alternative.

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"A middle-aged couple appealing harsh punishment for picking mushrooms from a protected forest..."

 

Of course, dumping plastic and other trash in the same forest, or other national parks and refuges...Mai Pen Rai.

 

Too bad they couldn't have afforded a high end sports car. Then they could have murdered a police officer, after dragging him for a few hundred meters under the car, and never have been arrested or having to show up for court. 

 

Thai justice....Oxymoron. 

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Deplorable.. the article doesn't say that they're in jail although one could infer that they are now.. Very lousy reporting here..

The only good outcome would be that these poor people get compensation in the millions, extensive state assistance and grovelling apologies from those who stitched them up so disgustingly in the first instance...

What a truly dreadful case this is

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33 minutes ago, webfact said:

after they were first convicted of illegal logging there.

So were they logging or picking mushrooms?

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Police were after illegal loggers in the area and they all fled when police arrived. This couple fled too but were found because the police found their motorcycle at the scene. The couple then stated they were just there to pick mushrooms. They then say they plead guilty to the charge of illegal logging on advice of their lawyer who they say told them they would not receive any jail time if they confessed. They had also confessed when they were questioned by police but they said they thought police were questioning them about picking mushrooms not logging.

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All good for Thailand's image of course.

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44 minutes ago, mtls2005 said:

Mushroom picking classified as "illegal logging". Gotta love rule-by-law.

 

Someone in the judicial system: prosecutor or judge should have nipped this in the bud, but these commoners need to be made an example of I guess.

 

Five years (from fifteen) still seems overly harsh? Were they wearing some illegal red-shirts, or in possession of the wrong type of red bowl? 

Nice to bring in politics.. but when they were arrested the red-shirts were (not yet) a big thing. So its rubbish to start about that. 

 

However I do agree with you that its a crazy sentence.. even 5 years is far to harsh for picking mushrooms. 

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9 minutes ago, JohnThailandJohn said:

Police were after illegal loggers in the area and they all fled when police arrived. This couple fled too but were found because the police found their motorcycle at the scene. The couple then stated they were just there to pick mushrooms. They then say they plead guilty to the charge of illegal logging on advice of their lawyer who they say told them they would not receive any jail time if they confessed. They had also confessed when they were questioned by police but they said they thought police were questioning them about picking mushrooms not logging.

So there is more to this story then just being sentenced for mushroom picking.. they confessed to logging... 

 

Bit strange.. why confess to logging if your picking mushrooms.. 

I doubt they were logging.. (how to transport wood on a m/c) though they could just work for someone.. anyway crazy sentence if it was really about mushroom picking.

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Supreme Court jails elderly couple for deforestation 
By The Nation

 

KALASIN: -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced an elderly couple from Kalasin province to five years in prison for deforestation.

 

Udom and Deang Sirisorn were convicted of encroaching on 72 rai (12 hectares) of Dong Ranang national forest, where they engaged in deforestation.

 

They cut down more than 1,000 valuable trees and illegally possessed restricted timber.

 

The couple claimed they merely collected wild mushrooms in the forest.

 

In 2011, the Criminal Court sentenced them to 30 years in prison for the offences.

 

The Appeals Court subsequently reduced the sentences to 15 years.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/breakingnews/30313998

 
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59 minutes ago, PremiumLane said:

Could comment about the disparities between how the poor and rich are served 'justice', but why bother

Now now,  don't go there. We all know everyone is equal in the eyes of the law. Thai justice is available for purchase by both rich and poor.

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