Reds: Amnesty for Article 112 suspects-Bangkok Post

May 25, 2012

Bangkok Post: May 22, 2012


A group of about 30 red-shirt supporters submitted an open letter to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House on Tuesday, demanding the government pass a law granting amnesty to all people accused or convicted of lese majeste offences.

The request was made in the name of the Federation for the Building of Democracy for Peace led by Anusorn Smithkul.

They took turns speaking from the back of a pick-up truck about the death of Ampon Tangnoppakul, alias Ah Kong, who died of cancer in Bangkok Remand Prison hospital after being convicted of lese majeste.

The red-shirts called on the government to pass legislation giving amnesty to all suspects and convicts accused of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lese majeste law, by June 12 to avoid further tragedies.

They said many of those accused of lese majeste had been denied bail and others had to withdraw their appeal to get their case closed because they did not wanting to undergo the lengthy judicial appeal process.

Amnesty would reduce the problem of human rights violations by wrongful use of Article 112, they said.

The letter was accepted by Pol Maj Sa-ngiam Apornrat, a political officer attached to the Prime Minister’s Office and a core-member of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship,.

Pol Maj-Gen Sa-ngiam said the letter would be forwarded to the Justice Ministry for consideration.

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