Amnesty for convicted "red-shirts" possible: Thai House Speaker

17:14, June 14, 2010      

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Amnesty for the anti-government " red-shirt" protestors, who are not charged with terrorism, is possible and could be a step toward national reconciliation, House Speaker Chai Chidchob said on Monday, according to the Bangkok Post's website report.

"There is an amnesty bill proposed by the coalition Bhumjaithai Party (BJT) that is already on the House agenda. The bill could be tabled for immediate consideration, or relevant articles could be added in other bills if necessary. It would then be up to the MPs whether to approve it or not," Chai said.

Later in the day, the Justice Ministry's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) would discuss the possibility to issue laws to pardon the convicted-anti "red-shirts."

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the " red-shirt" protestors and troops during the period from March 12 to May 19 stood at 88, as some 1,885 others were wounded.



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