Govt to consider all draft amnesty laws

The government will take all amnesty proposals, including the demands of the January 29 group, into consideration, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Tuesday.

She said all of the draft laws proposed to the government would be sent to the Council of State, the government's legal advisory body, and other agencies so they could look into the legal aspects.

Proposals for an amnesty law have been drafted by the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the independent committee on promotion of the rule of law chaired by former parliament president Ukrit Mongkolnavin, and the Nitirat group of academics.

Since the study of the proposals would take time, it would not be possible for the government to give a definite answer today to the January 29 group rallying outside Government House, the prime minister said. A large red-shirt contingent also joined the demonstrators.

The January 29 group had demanded that the government reply by 6pm today to its demand for an amnesty law for the release of all detainees and convicts in political cases.

UDD co-leader Natthawut Saikuar, who is deputy commerce minister, was delegated to submit the UDD's draft of an amnesty law to the prime minister today.

Ms Yingluck said she believed the group's proposal would not lead to violence.

The prime minister also said there would not be a cabinet reshuffle at this time, even though coalition partners had requested it.

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