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7 Thais illegally entering Cambodia to be brought to justice: Cambodian PM

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) — Seven Thai nationals
have been arrested for illegal entering to measure land in Cambodian
territory in Banteay Meanchey province, said Prime Minister Hun Sen on

“They are in the yellow shirt group. Among the seven arrested Thais
include two Thai lawmakers and journalist,” said Hun Sen during closing
the national conference of the Ministry of Rural Development on
Wednesday afternoon, adding that one of them was the Thailand Patriot
Network core member Veera Somkwamkid.

“They entered to measure Cambodian territory illegally,” he said.

“Thai lawmakers have immunity only in Thai territory, but when they
enter Cambodian territory to measure so-called Thai land in Cambodia’s
land, it’s illegal, so Cambodia has the right to arrest.”

“If it is on your land, you can do whatever you want, but it is on
Cambodian land, Cambodia has to do it based on the law,” he said.

“This time, there is no any excuse for them, they will be sentenced
according to the law,” he said, adding that “now they have been
escorting to Phnom Penh and will be detained at the immigration police
department tonight and tomorrow (Thursday), they will be sent to Phnom
Penh Municipal Court for accusation.

“What case of accusation the court will charge them for is the
jurisdiction of the court,” he said. Thai lawmakers are not supported
by the immunity in Cambodian land, he stressed.

However, Hun Sen said that “I think that Thai prime minister and
Thai people will understand our approach and what we are doing. And I
don’t think the event will affect Cambodia and Thai diplomatic
relations or cause new border disputes.”

The Cambodian-Thai border has never been fully demarcated. And the
two sides have had border conflict just one week after Cambodia’s Preah
Vihear Temple was registered as World Heritage Site in July 2008.

Since the conflict started, military standoff has been on and off
along the two countries’ border and several military clashes have
already happened with recorded small causalities from both sides.

However, the border issue has been eased as the top leaders of Cambodia and Thailand have held four meetings since September.

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