Amnesty bill would pardon law-breakers: Thai deputy PM

18:47, September 15, 2010      

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The proposed amnesty law by a coalition party would only undermine the rule of law, Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said on Wednesday.

Suthep, also ruling Democrat Party's Secretary-General said that the amnesty idea proposed by Bhumjaithai powerbroker Newin Chidchob would only undermine the rule of law.

However, the amnesty issue would not destabilize the coalition government and it would not bring about conflict between the Democrat and Bhumjaithai as people can have different views, the Bangkok Post online quoted the deputy premier as saying.

The amnesty bill proposed by the coalition Bhumjaithai Party last August would cover innocent protesters both from the "red shirt" movement and the "yellow-shirt" movement, but core leaders and those who incited violence are not on the list, Supachai Jaisamut, Bhumjaithai Party Spokesman told a TPBS program late Tuesday night.

The Bhumjaithai will consult with other coalition parties before submitting the proposed bill at a parliament meeting on Thursday, Supachai said.

On Wednesday, Bhumjaithai deputy leader Boonjong Wongtrairat said the party may gather signatures of voters to support the bill.

The Democrat Party and other coalition partners should review their stand if some 100,000 voters support the amnesty bill, the deputy leader said.

Source: Xinhua


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