Bangkok — Fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra slammed critics over “false accusations” against himself and his family regarding the amnesty bill.
He argued that critics are distorting the bill when they say it is intended to clear him of wrongdoing and help him reclaim seized assets confiscated by the courts.
In reality, he said the legislation is intended to lead the country out of conflict and to secure justice for all the victims of the Sept 19, 2006 coup, according to a Bangkok Post report.
“As a former prime minister, I respect Thai people’s opinions on the matter. But I cannot accept the false accusations piled against me and my family,” said Mr. Thaksin in a message posted on the Facebook page of his legal adviser Noppadon Pattama.
He said the 2006 coup that overthrew his government was a gross violation of the rule of law, but that he was willing to suffer even though he has been treated unjustly if the country can move forward.
“I want to see reconciliation of Thai people. I want to see Thais to be kind to and wish well to one another,” he said.