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PM assigns Foreign Ministry to help three Thais jailed in Cambodia

BANGKOK, Dec 15 – Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on
Wednesday he has assigned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help three
Thai foragers who were sentenced to 18 months jail term in Cambodia for
illegal entry into Cambodian territory.

Mr Abhisit said the trio had been prosecuted in Cambodia in accordance
with that country’s legal process and the government is trying find
legal remedies to help them.

“I have asked Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya about this and it was
affirmed that the ministry is currently following the situation. We’re
studying how we can benefit from the agreements made between Thailand
and Cambodia regarding this issue,” said Mr Abhisit.

A collaboration has been made on the matter at a local level, the prime minister added.

The trio — Sanong Wongcharoen, Ling Pongphet, and Laen Sapsri from the
northeastern province of Surin’s Sangkha district — were arrested in
August by Cambodian border patrol police, after they strayed across the
border, and were charged by Cambodia with spying while hunting and
foraging for food in the forest along the border.

Senior Thai officials had earlier said the three men were not spies and
their arrest had nothing to do with the border dispute between the two
nations. (MCOT online news)

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