Pact may be signed between India and Thailand for exchange of prisoners

During the visit of VP Ansari to Thailand, India and Thailand have started talks on exchanging prisoners that are of mutual interest. A round of discussion, in this regard was held in Bangkok between senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and Thai representatives recenlty during the visit.

One of the first cases that both sides have begun to look into involves a Kindergarten teacher, Mitu Mandal, who has been in Thai custody since May, 2014, when she was arrested in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport with 1.62 kilogram of “Ya Ice” (methamphetamine). 

Also, in January 2015, Thailand handed over Jagtar Singh of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and followed it up with the handing over of Thai gunrunner “Willy Naru”, Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich in December 2015.

The recent plan to fast track prisoners exchange is based on the bilateral extradition treaty, 2013, and the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, 2004, which provide the legal basis for negotiation to both sides. Thailand Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan is expected to visit India shortly to take forward the negotiations regarding the relevant cases.

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