British Man Serving 42 Years Jail in Thailand Applies for Royal Pardon Says International Lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano

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Robert Errol Wood, 27, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England convicted of sexual offences in Thailand in 2003 and sentenced to 63 years imprisonment reduced to 42 has applied for a Royal Pardon through his lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano.

Robert Errol Wood, 27, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England convicted of sexual offences in Thailand in 2003 and sentenced to 63 years imprisonment reduced to 42 has applied for a Royal Pardon through his lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano.

Wood who latterly had addresses in Manchester and the Thames Valley was

arrested in January 2003 as he boarded a flight back to London via Dubai

after spending five months on holiday in the Thai capital. Thai Police had been tipped off by Greater Manchester Police Paedophile Unit. The court was told how Wood having arrived in Bangkok set up an apartment in Sukhumvit Soi 16 near the capital's 'Hotel Row'.

The application for a Royal Pardon was made by international lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano whose clients include pop impressario Jonathan King, Tariq Aziz, saddam Hussein and ex Yugoslav President Milosevic.

The application states: "On the 25th November 2003 Robert Errol Woods was sentenced to a term of 63 years imprisonment reduced to 42 years owing to the co-operation with the prosecuting authorities. It was by far, and remains to date, the longest sentence ever imposed upon a non Thai National for an offence of the type."

Mr. Di Stefano added that, "Robert Errol Wood today resides at Bangkwang Prison, Nonthaburi and as a result of his incarceration has learnt to control the unnatural desires that led to his detention. It is a fact Robert Errol Wood has indeed been housed in prison with those of a tender age. Yet throughout the past three years has complied with the Prison Authorities and we are informed maintains an unblemished record."

The King of Thailand H. M. Bhumibol Adulyadej recently pardoned 25,000 inmates from Thailand and included an Australian citizen who had been jailed for 15 years for sexual offences.

Mr. Di Stefano stated that the sentence of 63 years reduced to 42 was disproportionate to the offence and warranted the intervention of the King.

The King of Thailand receives many applications and acts upon them at his discretion. The King celebrates the birthdays of his children by granting Royal Pardons. The next opportunity said Mr. Di Stefano "would be on 28th July when his son has his birthday."

If pardoned, Mr. Wood would be returned to the United Kingdom and he could face charges in England. His co-accused received 52 months imprisonment in England.

"It was this decision that led me to taking this case. The British Police arrested this man as he was boarding a plane to the UK. They should have allowed him to make his journey and tried both in the UK. 42 years is by far too high for such offences," said Di Stefano.

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