PAD Opposes Draft Amnesty Bill

The core leaders of People’s Alliance for Democracy have declared their stance against the draft amnesty bill as proposed by the coalition Bhum Jai Thai Party, saying that everyone must abide by the law.

People’s Alliance for Democracy or PAD Coordinator Suriyasai Katasila stated that the Bhum Jai Thai Party was likely to have a hidden agenda to pardon politicians and a high-ranking figure from the police force, the outgoing National Police Chief, Police General Patcharawat Wongsuwan to get away with the PAD crowd dispersal order on the October 7th clash.

Suriyasai claimed the bill would not bring about reconciliation in society but it would provoke more demonstrations and violence. He added that the approval of the amnesty bill would pave the way to a reconciliation bill that will allow banned politicians of now-defunct Thai Rak Thai Party and People Power Party to return to politics. Therefore, he demanded that the ruling Democrat Party declare its stance against the controversial draft bill.

Meanwhile, another PAD core leader, Major General Chamlong Srimuang insisted that the PAD wants all the problems in the kingdom to be fixed in compliance with the legal system. He said the October 7th incident and related cases have been progressing, and people should be punished through the law. Otherwise, issuing the amnesty bill would make the law fail to bring the culprits to justice.



Amnesty bill has hidden motive: PAD


Leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) threatened Wednesday to call a mass rally in protest against an amnesty bill sponsored by the Bhum Jai Thai Party. They said the bill had a “hidden motive” to help politicians escape legal action for offences.

Five core leaders of the PAD held a press conference to attack the amnesty bill, tabled for House deliberation by the Bhum Jai Thai Party.

They said they believed politicians who could benefit from the bill were the fugitive former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, Bhum Jai Thai core leader Newin Chidchob, plus national police chief Pol Gen Patcharawat Wongsuwan, who is linked to the crackdown on PAD protesters on October 7.

The Nation


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