In Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, young Rodion was getting away with murder. However, his guilty conscience eventually compelled him to surrender to the law. The story is of course fictional, and someone being compelled by their conscience to surrender would be a rare exception in real life.
In the real world, getting away with murder, or with any crime in general, doesn’t necessarily lead to a guilty conscience. Even more rarely would it lead to eventually surrendering oneself to the law. On the contrary, getting away with crime is often celebrated with pomp and honours.
The amnesty bill, whether it is Worachai Hema’s or Chalerm Yubamrung’s, is supposed to be a vehicle for aiding reconciliation. At least, that’s the argument put forth by those who support these bills that essentially grant forgiveness to all those who broke the law.
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