Justice Minister : names collection justified

November 6th, 2008 - 1:51 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Minister of Justice indicated ruling People Power party’s MPs’ move to collect people’s names to enforce law to grant amnesty for former Prime Minister Pol Lt Col Thaksin Shinawatra and other former executives of now defunct Thai Rak Thai party was legally acceptable.

Minister of Justice Mr. Somsak Kiatsuranont (สมศักดิ์ เกียรติสุรนนท์) disclosed today (November 5) that he has not yet acknowledged People Power party’s Friends of Newin’s faction has been collecting people’s names to enforce law to grant amnesty to Pol Lt Gen Thaksin and other 110 former Thai Rak Thai party’s executives. However, he voiced his opinion that the act was in line with legal rights.

But he believed that the move would not be in time with current lower House’s session which would end at the end of this month as names’ verifying process was time consuming.

He also said that attempts to help the former premier was acceptable as far as the moves were under existing legal framework.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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