Thaksin’s Amnesty Explained in the Wall Street Journal

Former Thai Prime Minister Acknowledges Murder Charge – WSJ, October 31, 2013
[Thanks to Tom and others for pointing these out. These articles are notable merely for being well-informed on what is really going on in Thailand right now.]
…The indictment against Messrs. Abhisit and Suthep is viewed by many as a means of pressuring Mr. Abhisit’s Democrat Party to support a controversial amnesty bill currently being debated in the House. A spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office has denied the allegation, saying the indictment was a result of investigations that have been under way since late last year before the amnesty bill was proposed.
A provision of the bill, which is backed by the ruling Pheu Thai party led by current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Mr. Thaksin’s younger sister, would give blanket amnesty to anyone accused of politically-related crimes or those accused of wrongdoing by organizations set up after the 2006 military coup. That includes Mr. Thaksin, who fled the country in 2008 to avoid a jail term and other corruption charges. Messrs. Abhisit and Suthep, as well as security personnel who followed the orders of both men, would also be pardoned…

Thailand Gears up for Fresh Protests – WSJ, October 31, 2013
Thailand’s main opposition party is ramping up efforts to counter a controversial amnesty bill that would enable former leader Thaksin Shinawatra to return home a free man after he fled the country amid corruption charges in 2008…

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