Amnesty possible to Thai "red-shirts" with minor offences

14:13, June 12, 2010      

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The authorities in charge of security under Emergency Decree are considering to give amnesty to the anti-government protesters (red-Shirts) with minor offences, Thai media reported Saturday.

Bangkok Post online quoted an anonymous source as saying that the Centre for Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) is considering a plan to exempt from punishment the "red-shirts" protesters with minor charges after their two-month-plus rally in Bangkok ended on May 19.

The source said, however, the possible amnesty will not be granted to those facing terrorism charges.

He said that the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has already been instructed to look into the legal context as the CRES wants to pass special laws to provide legal grounds for the amnesty.

Not more than 50 have been charged with terrorism. Of them, 20 have already turned themselves in to the police, said Bangkok Post.

The government said during the chronic "red-shirts" rally that there were terrorists infiltrated into the protesters.

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