Prawit: Yingluck, Jatuporn cases won’t affect reconciliation

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon is confident legal cases against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) chairman Jatuporn Prompan will not affect the ongoing reconciliation process.

Gen Prawit said this on Friday (July 22) after chairing a meeting of the committee for the preparation of a draft social contract on national reconciliation.

He said the committee considered a report on the results of public forums held in all four regions � North, Northeast, Central and South � to explain to the people the draft social contract.

The results of the forums were satisfactory. A panel will go through the report to add more opinions and make necessary corrections before sending it to the committee on the country's reforms, national strategies and reconciliation, which will hold a meeting on July 24.

Gen Prawit said public opinions obtained from the forums responded to the 10 guidelines for the drafting of the social contract, adding that he believed the reconciliation would be a success and everything would properly follow the roadmap.

On Pheu Thai Party's opposition to the draft social contract, Gen Prawit said that the party had long made known this stand, but the people had responded positively to the draft in the forums held in all regions.

Gen Prawit said the social contract, after being endorsed by the prime minister and the committee on reforms, national strategies and reconciliation, will be publicised through mechanisms of the Interior Ministry and Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc).

As for the ongoing rice-pledging case against former prime minister Yingluck and legal cases against Mr Jatuporn, who was yesterday sentenced to one year in jail by the Supreme Court for defaming former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Gen Prawit said he believed they would not affect the ongoing reconciliation process.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)