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Mushroom-Picking Couple’s Prison Term Reduced to 5 Years

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

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.

In July, 2010, the couple had gone into Kalasin’s Dong Radaeng Forest to collect wild mushrooms for cooking. They were arrested by police and quickly sentenced to 30 years in prison, which was reduced by half because they had confessed.

They first appealed in 2014 but a court upheld their original sentences, and the couple served 17 months in jail before being freed on bail. The controversial sentences for the couple spawned a campaign calling for their release online and complaints about the nation’s double-standard justice system.

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Supreme Court jails elderly couple for deforestation

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.

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