Thai democrats opposed to compromises on justice in push for reconciliation

Punishment for people who break the law should not be viewed as an obstacle to the plan for reconciliation, Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said yesterday.

"The party wants to stress that while reconciliation is necessary, it cannot be achieved when the innocent are punished and offenders escape. There must be equality in justice," he said.

"I would like to support PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha's view that there should be a separation between the drafting of the new constitution and the punishment of offenders so that the country can move forward," he added.

The Democrat spokesman was responding to remarks by Worachai Hema, former Pheu Thai MP, who had said that the Democrat Party had certain "special" rights and was "being better looked after".

Chavanond stressed that the country's key problem was the denial of guilt by those who had done wrong, and the attempt to amend the law and constitution by the Pheu Thai administration.

The deputy spokesman assured the public that the Democrat Party had never received preferential treatment or "special rights", and said whenever they were accused of something, they always fought through the justice system to prove their innocence.

He said many times the party had lost cases and been punished. Even though they did not always agree with outcomes, they never created chaos or conflict within society.

In regard to accusations about corruption in the construction of police stations, the political rally in 2010 and the minimum wage project along with all other cases, the party was ready to clarify things and fight through justice system.