UDD demands criminal amnesty law
- Published: 15/01/2013 at 05:41 PM
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The United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) on Tuesday demanded an executive decree be issued granting amnesty to those accused of criminal offences in connection with political conflicts between Jan 1, 2007-Dec 31, 2011.
The draft executive decree proposed by the UDD provides for amnesty for those who have been sentenced to a jail term and whose cases are final and those whose cases are still in the courtsl.
The amnesty, however, would not cover people with decision-making power or those who gave orders for political activities during that period.
The proposal was announced in a statement read out by UDD chair Tida Thavornseth during a visit Tuesday to red-shirt defendants charged in connection with political protests from Jan 1, 2007 to Dec 31, 2011 now being detained at the Lak Si special prison.
Other UDD core members who accompanied her on the visit included Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikuar, Jatuporn Prompan and Pheu Thai party list MP Korkaew Pikulthong.
The draft executive decree proposed by the UDD has only four articles.
Ms Tida said these people who had not taken part in any decision-making process and should be granted amnesty and regarded as innocent. Moreover, this could lead to other ways out of the ongoing conflict dividing the country.
The UDD core members handed over physical excercise equipment for the detainees to Sorasit Chongcharoen, warden of Bangkok Remand Prison.
Mr Jatuporn said the UDD would later seek an appointment to hand over the proposed draft executive decree to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for consideration.
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