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No decision made on 7 detained Thais after question by Cambodian court

Thai ‘Yellow
Shirt’ activist Veera Somkwamkid (L) and Thai Democrat Party lawmaker
Panich Vikitsreth (R) walk at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, 6 Jan 2011

Photo: AFP
Phnom Penh Municipal Court has not
disclosed any decision on the seven detained Thais on Thursday after
almost 12-hour additional inquest conducted by the investigating judge
Chaing Sinat.

Chaing Sinat did not answer the phone called by
reporters after the inquest session which was closed to reporters ended
at 7:10 p. m. And no date has been set for their trial.

Ros Aun,
the defense lawyer for Panich Wikitsate, a Democrat Member of
Parliament for Bangkok, Ms. Naruemol Chitwaratana, house keeper and Ms.
Ratree Paiputana Paiboon, vendor, told Xinhua after the additional
question session that “after being questioned additionally on my
clients, the judge still upholds the same charge–two cases–on my
three clients.”

The seven Thais were arrested on Dec. 29, 2010
by Cambodian border protection army for illegal entry into Cambodian
territory in Banteay Meanchey province and now are being detained in
Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison.

On Dec. 30, the deputy prosecutor
of Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Sok Roeun charged them with two cases –
illegal entry and illegally entering a military base along the border,
crimes which in Cambodia carry penalties of up to six months and one
year, respectively and fine from 1 to 2 million Cambodian riels (250
U.S. dollars – 500 U.S. dollars).

Pich Vicheka, the defense
lawyer for other four Thais– Veera Somkwamkid, secretary general of
People Network Against Corruption and Thailand Patriot Network core
member, Samdin Lersbusya, secretary for Heaven and Earth Party,
Kochpontorn Chusanaseree, assistant to Panich, and Taynae Moongmachon,
pressperson– told Xinhua after the additional questions that the judge
has not made any decision on his four clients.

“I don’t know yet
if the judge charge my clients only the two cases or will have another
additional charge,” he said. “I do not get any final decision from the
judge.”

Neither Ros Aun nor Pich Vicheka knows when the court
will set the trial date for the seven detained Thais, but they said
they will submit the bail requests to the court soon.

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.

Source: Xinhua

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