Red-shirt members do not mind which version of the political amnesty proposal is passed by the government, as long as it honours the group's principles, core red-shirt leader Nattawut Saikuar says.
Three proposals to grant amnesty to political offenders have been accepted for consideration by the government.
The red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) submitted one, along with one from the independent National Rule of Law Commission and one from the Nitirat group of Thammasat academics.
Mr Nattawut said the UDD would not pressure the government to accept its own proposal, as long as it does push through a law that releases all civilian political prisoners.
The UDD wants the amnesty to be enabled by an executive decree so that it can bypass parliamentary scrutiny, while the commission's version wants an amnesty to be approved by parliament. The Nitirat group proposed the amnesty be included in the government's constitutional amendments.
Mr Nattawut said that the UDD would also accept the findings of the Council of State, a politically neutral body which has been assigned by the government to scrutinise all amnesty proposals.
"No matter what its study says, the UDD is ready to accept it," he said.
He was speaking after a discussion with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra about the UDD's amnesty proposal.
He said the proposed amnesty differs from the draft national reconciliation bill pending parliamentary scrutiny. The bill did not discuss amnesty in detail.
Democrat spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut yesterday voiced scepticism over the UDD's rush for amnesty to be granted to political offenders who have been charged since the 2006 coup which ousted Thaksin Shinawatra.
He said two court cases were apparently tipping the scales against the red shirts, making the amnesty an urgent matter for them.
One of them involved a series of defamation lawsuits lodged by Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva against red-shirt co-leader Jatuporn Prompan. The other involved a guilty verdict against Parinya Maneekhote, a former policeman who was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years in prison for carrying grenades into red-shirt protests in April 2010.
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