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No one can intervene in case of 7 detained Thais: Cambodian PM

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (pictured) said on Monday that no one can intervene in the case of the seven Thais arrested on Dec. 29 last year for illegal entry.

Hun
Sen made the remarks following a rumour that ousted Thai former prime
minister Thaksin Shinawatra or Puea Thai Party wanted to mediate to
release the seven detained Thais, including a Democrat Member of
Parliament for Bangkok, Panich Wikitsate and Veera Somkwamkid,
secretary general of People Network Against Corruption and Thailand
Patriot Network core member.

“There are many comments these
days, and also a publication said yesterday that Thaksin or Puea Thai
Party want to intervene into the case of the sevenarrested Thais, I just confirm that no one can intervene into judicial system, neither the government, nor foreigners, or Cambodians,” said Hun Sen during a graduation ceremony at the National Institute of Education on Monday.

“I tell them that it is impossible, no matter which path you enter from, even from the United Nations because the case is now under the full authority of the Cambodian court, which must be respected.”

After the trial, they can sue to appeal and then to the Supreme Court if they do not agree with the verdict, the premier said.

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

On
Dec. 30, the deputy prosecutor of Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Sok
Roeun, charged them for 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 U.S. dollars to 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 last year.

Source: Xinhua

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