Govt urged to be lenient with innocent intruders
The Office of the Ombudsman has recommended that the Cabinet review the true intentions of people accused of encroaching first before it takes any legal action.
The ombudsman suggested that officials be lenient with those who are honest and strict with those who are deliberately encroaching upon state property.
According to the recommendations, people who were living in national forests well before the land law took effect on December 1, 1954 should not be seen as encroaching.
"They should be allowed to continue living there," Ombudsman Siracha Charoenpanij advised Thursday.