Ordinary political victims who were involved in political protests since 2004 who are not key figures should be amnestied and rehabilitated through the use of special powers such as Section 44 of the interim constitution similar to the announcement of 66/23 order by then prime minister Prem Tinsulanonda to restore national reconciliation, said Mr Suchon Chaleekrua, a member of political reform panel of the National Reform Steering Assembly, on Monday.
He said that the panel had agreed, to a certain extent, some groundworks about reconciliation � that is the offences which will be covered by amnesty but which do not include lese majeste offence, corruption or serious criminal offences.
He disclosed that the panel would also propose the government to help ordinary political victims who were involved in protests since 2004 in the form of financial support or mental rehabilitation similar to Order 66/23 announced by then prime minister Prem over four decades ago to help misguided communists so they could return to the society.
Mr Suchon went on saying that the panel would propose the government to form an ad hoc committee to work out in details the offences which will be eligible to amnesty.
Regarding financial support for injured political victims, he said that the amount of compensation to be given would not be as high as 7.5 million baht each offered by the government of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to political victims.
The reform panel, said Mr Suchon, will soon invite Deputy Prime Minister Wisanu Krea-ngarm for a meeting with the panel to discuss rehabilitation measures for for political victims.
It is about time for all political groups to set aside their differences and to join hands to make national reconciliation a reality in 2017 without have to wait for the promulgation of the new constitution or charter-related organic laws, said Mr Suchon.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)