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Abhisit favourable to people's amnesty bill

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday expressed support for the amnesty bill proposed by relatives of victims of the 2010 political turmoil,

"I am discussing with others in my party whether the opposition can accept a situation whereby the government withdraws all versions of the amnesty bills that have been already proposed to the Parliament, and instead brings this 'people's version' as a model for discussion," he said

"The core principle covers all groups of people but allows action to be taken against those who burned down the city halls and those who violated Article 112 (of the penal code, the lese majeste law), I think we can move on with this," he added.

Payao Akahad, mother of Kamolket a paramedic who was killed in the political turmoil, and Punsak Srithep, father of 17yearold Samapun who was killed in crossfire, on Tuesday submitted the group's version of an amnesty bill to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra via her deputy Phongthep Thepkanjana.

The draft proposes amnesty for the people who only violated the State of Emergency by joining in political rallies. However, legal action would still be taken to those who had committed crimes during the period.


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