Scott's Life in Bangkwang Prison - Thailand

May 2007

Thanks to everyone who writes - this really does make a difference.  We have found the prison e-mail system to be a bit unreliable so please write letters and send through the post.  Having said that letters do not always get to me - if I do not get back to you please do not give up.  At the moment it is taking a long time for mail to get through and a back log has built up in the post room.

Thank you for your parcels (especially Aunty Les!).  Please do not send books or clothes.  Razor blades (Mac 3 or disposable) are always appreciated and anything light.  I am able to buy most things from my prison account which is funded by my Foreign Office account - so all donations to this are always welcome.

There are a small group of British ladies who live in Bangkok, they visit us British lads here in Bangkwang in their own time and at their own expense.  They bring in treats and anything else we are unable to get from the prison shop.  They have become friendly with some British restaurant owners in Bangkok and sometimes call in on their way to us to collect "good old English" meals which have been donated - it may be cold by the time we get it but that does not matter!  We love their visits and these ladies - headed by Gale - are more than helpful to family and friends visiting me.  My family are also able to arrange for money from my FCO account to be given to Gale so that she is able to purchase the luxuries I require (stamps, blankets, toiletries etc) which are easier and cheaper to buy in Thailand.

Bangkwang can be as bad as many of you may have read about.  I do not want to dwell on this as it is already well publicised - one web site which may be of interest to you is:

My main focus at the moment is getting my Royal Pardon application ready.  I am aiming to have it ready for submission by December 2007.  It could then take up to five years to get a reply.  Before this can be done though I need 1,000 signatures of support on my Petition site.  Please ask anyone you know if they would sign it.  My family do not condone what I have done and I have pleaded guilty to the charge against me but thirty years for an offence of this nature is very harsh.

I am also in the process of setting up my own web site with the help of family.  I am busy writing for it at the moment and am currently writing an article about the day I was sentenced.  This is new venture to me and my family so if anyone can offer advice on the best way to go about it it would be greatly appreciated.  As you can see I am pretty busy at the moment and I apologise now if it takes me a little longer to reply to your letters over the next few months.

Thank you all again for everything

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