DEMOCRAT Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday voiced support for the idea of granting amnesty to ordinary protesters, as suggested by a study panel on reconciliation.
The National Reform Council (NRC)’s panel on reconciliation said on Thursday that moves to end the political deadlock could include measures like granting amnesty. The panel suggested that in order to promote reconciliation, amnesty could be granted to all groups – ordinary protesters, leaders, security officers as well as high-ranking officials responsible for issuing directives or policies in relation to political rallies.
This amnesty would not include those convicted for criminal, lese majeste and corruption offences.
“I hope this won’t be ‘blanket amnesty’,” he said, adding that the public should be allowed to take part in a discussion on the criteria for granting amnesty to protest leaders.