Will they compensate the families of all the Buddhists who have been killed by jihadists in Thailand? From IslamOnline, with thanks to PRCS:
BANGKOK “” In a practical step in the course of addressing their grievances, the military-backed Thai government agreed Tuesday, November 7, to compensate the families of Muslims killed in army custody, while the world’s pan-Muslim body offered help to solve the conflict in the Muslim-majority south.
“My clients are happy about today’s outcome, which followed months of stalled negotiations with the previous government,” lawyer Peerawat Praweenamai told Reuters.
In October 2004, police and soldiers shot dead seven Muslim protesters as they dispersed a rally in front of the police station in the Narathiwat town of Tak Bai, near the Malaysian border.
Another 78 were crushed or suffocated to death after they were stacked “like bricks”, in the words of one survivor, in the back of trucks and transported to an army camp.
Families of the 78 victims have sued for compensation but the case saw little progress in a year-long court battle.
They would receive 42 million baht ($1.2 million) of the 107 million they had sued for, said Peerawat.
“They feel the government of Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont is really trying to reconcile with the people after he made a public apology, which I think will convince people to be more cooperative with the state.”