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Thai’s ‘Yellow Shirt’ group arrives Cambodia for 7 detained Thais

A group of so-called “Yellow Shirt” Thais
arrived in Cambodia on Sunday morning in order to visit the seven
detained Thais and to advise them on legal aid.

The group consisted of three members of the Thailand Patriot Network and four journalists.

“We
are here privately to meet Thai Ambassador, to visit the seven detained
Thais and to meet their defense lawyers in order to provide legal
advice to the detainees,” a member of Thailand Patriot Network, Karoon
Sai-ngam, who is a former Thai senator, told reporters through a
translator on Sunday at a hotel in Phnom Penh. “We plan to create a
legal advisor group to assist the seven detained Thais.”

“We hope that Cambodian government will cooperate with us on this issue,” he added.

The
three members of the Thailand Patriot Network are lawyer Karoon
Sai-ngam, former Thai senator Natapom Toprayoon, lawyer Ms. Walwipha
Charooroj, an academic of Thai studies at Thammasat University of
Thailand.

Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, said Sunday that the group would be accompanied by the Thai
embassy officials to visit the seven detained Thais at Prey Sar prison
on Monday morning.

The seven detained Thais, including
Panich Wikitsate, a Democrat Member of Parliament for Bangkok, Veera
Somkwamkid, secretary general of People Network Against Corruption and
Thailand Patriot Network core member, were arrested on Dec. 29, 2010 by
Cambodian border protection army for illegal entry into Cambodian
territory in Banteay Meanchey province and now are detained in Phnom
Penh’s Prey Sar prison.

On Dec. 30, 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 million to 2 million Cambodian riels
(250-500 U.S. dollars).

On Jan. 6, the investigating judge of
Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Chaing Sinat, had conducted a nearly 12
hour additional inquest on them, but the final decision has not been
disclosed so far.

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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