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UN urged to help Arrested 7

2/01/2011
Achara Ashayagachat


Bangkok Post

Members of the Thai Patriots gather yesterday outside the Cambodian
embassy in Bangkok to demand the release of seven Thais being held in
Phnom Penh. The protest included burning a coffin with a picture of
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. KOSOL NAKACHOL
The Thai Patriots Network has
asked the United Nations to help secure the release of seven Thais held
in Phnom Penh on charges of illegal entry into Cambodia, and claims to
have proof of their innocence.
 
The network, led by Somboon
Thongburan and allied to the People’s Alliance for Democracy, gave a
petition to the UN at its regional headquarters on Ratchadamnoen Avenue
yesterday.
 
The petition included a copy of land title deeds and receipts of tax payments on the land,
which is said to prove that the Thais, including Democrat MP Panich
Vikitsreth, were actually arrested on Thai soil in Khok Sung district,
Sa Kaeo.
 
Mr Somboon said the land belonged to Khem Paengsungnern and was connected to border marker No 46, and the Thais were about 300m from the border mark when they were arrested last Wednesday.
This
contradicts findings by the Thai Foreign Ministry, which admitted
earlier that the Thais were about one kilometre inside Cambodian
territory
at the time of the arrest.


Thai
ambassador to Cambodia, Prasas Prasasvinitchai, has visited the seven
Thais at Prey Sor prison on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.



The detainees are poised to meet family members when Cambodian officials resume work after New Year.


Chavanond
Komalayasut, secretary to the Thai foreign minister, said Mr Panich’s
wife, Patchareeporn Vikitsreth, left Bangkok yesterday for Phnom Penh,
where she will wait for approval for the prison visit.



Lawyers plan to file bail requests to the court for the Thais as soon as the court resumes duty next week.
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