BT290m compensation for protesters
The government has earmarked Bt290 million as compensation for some 363 protesters held in remand against whom charges were dropped or led to acquittals."The compensation would be made available to protesters in connection with the political turmoil from 2005 to 2011," Narat Savettanan said yesterday.
Narat, director-general of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, said protesters involved in seven incidents were entitled to compensation payments.
The incidents included the yellow-shirt protests against the Thaksin Shinawatra government and the anti-coup protests of the red shirts.
The protests against the Samak Sundaravej and Somchai Wongsawat governments and the red rallies against the Abhisit Vejjajiva administration would also be part of the compensation package.
The compensation payments would be computed under the following guidelines:
l A victim with charges dropped or acquitted would receive Bt750,000 if remanded from 90 to 180 days, and Bt1.5 million if remanded for more than 180 days.
l In case of being remanded in excess of the imprisonment sentence, a victim would receive Bt500,000 for having served up to 180 days more than the jail term and Bt1 million for more than 180 days in excess of the jail term.
The authorities will hold a meeting on Thursday before starting to pay the compensation.
Some 50 of 363 victims have already completed their applications for compensation payments.
It is noteworthy that victims from political protests would be entitled for higher compensation than those caused by the miscarriage of justice.
A remand protester would be paid Bt411 per day while a victim of wrongful prosecution would receive Bt200 per day.