Thailand seeks more prison space for new political prisoners

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is considering an expansion of prison space as it arrests more political prisoners, the Justice Minister said on Wednesday. Somsak Thepsuthin said Bangkok Remand Prison and Klong Prem Central Prison, where most recently detained political prisoners are held, become congested when families and supporters come to visit.

“Therefore, we are discussing finding a larger area that can accommodate more people for everyone’s convenience,” he told reporters. He denied speculation that a separate new prison would be built for political prisoners.

“Everyone should be treated equally,” Somsak said.

Pro-democracy activists gather outside remand prison, in which some of the activists are kept in Bangkok, Thailand. PHOTO: AP