Ministry says lifting of death penalty needs public  hearing

The Ministry of Justice says the call by Amnesty International for Thailand to lift death penalty and execution needs a public hearing to hear views from all relevant individuals and agencies.

The statement by the ministry’s permanent-secretary Visit Visitsora-at came after the Amnesty International resubmitted its call citing that the country now has a new constitution in place.

He said Article 77 of the Constitution states clearly of a public hearing in case of making any change in the law.

Therefore the lifting of the death sentence and execution needs amendment of the law and the holding of the public hearing, he said.

The result of the public hearing will then be submitted to the cabinet for approval