Thailand to consider amnesty for red-shirt protesters

Updated On: Jun 15, 2010

Deputy Prime Minister and Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) Director Suthep Thaugsuban, said that the CRES is to consider an amnesty decree for the convicted “red-shirt” protesters who are charged with minor offenses after the two-month-long mass rally from March 12 to May 19. No amnesty, however, will be granted to those with terrorism or arson charges. The CRES believes that protestors who joined the red-shirt rally with honest motives and no intention for violence should not be charged with breaking the emergency decree, added Mr. Suthep. The amnesty decree, he believes, will help support Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's national reconciliation plan.

Meanwhile, the CRES has assigned the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), the National Security Council, and the Council of State to investigate the advantages and disadvantages of an amnesty decree. The DSI Director General Tharit Pengdit said that if the three agree on the plan, the special amnesty law will be proposed to the cabinet as well as to the CRES for consideration. If approved, the final decree could be issued in a form of either a royal decree or a bill.

Thai gov't mulling to pardon convicted "red-shirts": Deputy PM [Xinhuanews, 15 June 2010]
Council of State backs amnesty plan [Bangkok Post, 14 June 2010]

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