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Three years longer in jail for Thai prisoner due to typo JAKARTA - A Thai national was denied release and spent almost three additional years in a maximum-security prison in Indonesia because of a typing error, local media reported Friday. Kamjai was released on Thursday after he complained about his plight to Justice Minister Patrialis Akbar, who visited the island prison off the coast of Central Java on Wednesday for an inspection.

Kamjai Khong Tavorn, 53, was sentenced to death in 1987 for heroin possession but escaped the firing squad after his sentence was commuted to 20 years in prison, the Jakarta Globe newspaper reported. However, the decree commuting the sentence stated Kamjai's first year in prison as 1997, instead of 1987.

"We realized the mistake was made," Sutrisman, the prison's governor who like many Indonesians uses only one name, was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Globe. "So he was released conditionally and immigration officials accompanied him to Jakarta without waiting for further response from the Thai embassy," he said.


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