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Abhisit may intervene for jailed Thais

Thursday, 16 December 2010 21:07 Cheang Sokha 

Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he plans to intervene in the
case of three Thai nationals who were sentenced in a Cambodian court
last week to 18 months in prison.

According to a report by Thai
news agency MCOT, Abhisit said on Wednesday that he assigned his
country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help the convicted trio and
provide a legal remedy.

“I have asked Foreign Minister Kasit
Piromya about this and it was affirmed that the ministry is currently
following the situation,” Abhisit was quoted as saying.

“We’re studying how we can benefit from the agreements made between Thailand and Cambodia regarding this issue.”

Last
week, Siem Reap provincial court sentenced the Thai nationals to 18
months in prison on charges of illegal entry and unlawful possession of
weapons. Sanong Wongcharoen, 36, Lim Puangpet, 39, and Lan Sapsri, 53 –
all from Surin province’s Sangkhla district – were arrested on August
18 by authorities in Oddar Meanchey province.

At the time of
their arrest, Cambodian soldiers confiscated homemade guns, torches and
batteries from the trio, who had strayed about 500 metres inside
Cambodian territory.

Koy Kuong, spokesman for Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, said his ministry had not received any contact from
Thailand over the case of these men.

Ly Vengheng, defence lawyer
for the convicted men, said yesterday that his clients are considering
whether to lodge an appeal against their conviction. 

Phnom Penh Post 
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