Senate rejects Amnesty Bill
The Thai Senate has voted to reject a law forced through the lower house or House of Representatives by the Pheu Thai party led government which would have granted a ‘blanket amnesty’ to former government heads.
The 150 seat upper chamber voted by 141 to 0 to reject the bill which would have freed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, brother of current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, to return to the country from his self-imposed exile after being sentenced to a gaol term on corruption charges. The bill would also have cleared former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva on charges involving a crackdown on protesters which led to the deaths of more than 100 protesters.
The government said recently that if the upper house rejected the bill then it would accept the decision and would not try to reintroduce it in a different form.
There had been widespread protests against the bill.