Leading United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship members Deputy Commerce Minister Nathawut Saikua and Pheu Thai Party list MP Weng Tojirakan have added their voices to those opposing the revised version of an amnesty bill seeking to offer blanket amnesty to all involved in the 2010 political violence.
The alteration to the draft amnesty legislation proposed by Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema was made by the House committee scrutinising the bill, chaired by Pheu Thai MP Samart Kaewmeechai.
Mr Nathawut said he personally did not want to benefit from amnesty.
He said Democrat Party leader and former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Democrat Party MP for Surat Thani Suthep Thaugsuban, as well as UDD core members accused of being responsible for the violence, including himself, must prove themselves through judicial processes.
Mr Nathawut said he cared about red shirt supporters and believed those opposed to the bill would petition against it with the Constitution Court or other independent agencies.
The House scrutiny committee should listen to the opinions of all concerned, he added.
Meanwhile, Mr Weng said he would ask the House scrutiny committee to review the alteration it had made to Section 3 of the draft amnesty bill, since it goes against the sentiment of the initial bill, which said only members of the public who took part in political protests should be granted amnesty, not those who made decisions or gave orders for action.
He said that he would ask the House committee scrutinising the bill to review the alteration made to Section 3 before the deliberation of the bill in its second reading.
UDD deputy chairman Somwang Asrasi said on Monday that UDD leaders did not wish to be covered by the amnesty bill, but wanted to fight any charges in the courts.
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