Home > Local News > Cambodian Court sets no date trial of seven Thais detained for illegal entry

Cambodian Court sets no date trial of seven Thais detained for illegal entry

BANGKOK, Dec 31 – The Phnom Penn Municipal Court has not set a
date for the trial of seven Thais who were detained by Cambodian troops
Wednesday as they inspected the border of Sa Kaeo province and
Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province, according to Thai Ministry of
Foreign Affairs spokesman Thani Thongphakdi.

The seven, including Democrat Party member of parliament Panich
Vikitsreth, and members of the so-called ‘Yellow Shirt’ People’s
Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protest movement, were charged by the Court
with illegal entry and illegally entering a military base along the
border, crimes carrying penalties of up to six months and one year,

Mr Thani, Director-General of the Department of Information, said that
the Thai side must wait for the Court to set a date for trial and then
file petitions seeking bail for them.

Until now, no date has been set by the Court, he said, adding that the
visit of the detained Thais by their families could be done within one
or two days even during the long New Year holiday as the request for
visits had already been sent to the Cambodian authorities.

Mr Thani said that during his visit to the detained Thais on Dec 30 at
Prey Sar prison on the outskirts of the capital, they all said they did
not realise that they had crossed the border into Cambodian territory.

They asserted that none of them had intended to intentionally break the
law but strayed into Cambodian territory by accident, the
director-general said.

The prison had cooperated well and facilitated the Thai authorities to
provide the Thais with food, he said, adding that the ministry has
ordered Thai embassy officials in Phnom Penh to visit them every day.

Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Kasit Piromya on Thursday went to Phnom
Penh in an attempt to secure their freedom, but he failed accomplish
his mission.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva earlier said he had tasked Mr
Panich with seeking information about the border issue. (MCOT online

Categories: Local News
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: