Inmate with Covid-19 escapes from Koh Samui Hospital, officials set 20,000 baht bounty

There’s a 20,000 baht bounty for those who have information that will lead to the arrest of a Covid-infected inmate who escaped from Koh Samui Hospital. The news follows a statement from Thailand’s Justice Minister on an uptick of inmate escapes, particularly involving those who were in quarantine before being released into the prison population or at a hospital being treated for Covid-19.

30 year old Thawatchai “Toomtam” Kaewnopparat was arrested by police on the Gulf of Thailand island on January 20. Nation Thailand says he was involved in a drug case, but did not give any details on the charges.

In a routine test for all new inmates, Thawatchai tested positive for Covid-19 and was transferred to Koh Samui Hospital. Reports say he was able to leave the building and was picked up by someone driving a car.

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin says more than 70 inmates have escaped from October 2021 to January 2022. Most cases were during the 14-day quarantine at a temporary prison or hospital. The minister warned prison authorities to step it up to prevent similar cases.

Contact the prison director at 08-4191-7780 if you have any information on the case.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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