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Two convicted Cambodians set free after illegally trespassing in Thailand

Cambodian trespassers into Thailand released (MCOT)
UBON RATCHATHANI, Jan 13 (MCOT online news) –
Two Cambodians have been released after a Thai court sentenced them to
two-year suspended jail terms for illegally trespassing into Thailand
while they were collecting forest products.
Ubon Ratchathani Governor
Prawat Ratirom accompanied two Cambodian villagers from Preah Vihear
province to the Chong Sangam border crossing in Sisaket province to
hand over the two Cambodian nationals to Preah Vihear deputy governor
Sor Thavy who was waiting to receive them.
Both men were arrested by Thai
soldiers as they collected forest products in the Phanom Dong Rak
Mountain Range near Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province on Dec 29.
They were charged with
illegally entering the Thai kingdom and were sentenced on Thursday to
two months prison but the jail term was suspended and they were fined
Bt2,500 each.

Mr Prawat said Preah Vihear Governor Oum Mara coordinated with him to help the two Cambodians.
They were set free as they did
not intend to trespass into Thai territory but they became lost and
their detention period exceeded the fine, according to the Thai
governor.
Mr Prawat said the two
Cambodian nationals were released to demonstrate Thailand’s sincerity
and establish positive relations between Thai and Cambodian local
authorities.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime
Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said the release of the two Khmers has
nothing to do with the Cambodian court agreeing to grant bail for two
of seven Thais detained in Phnom Penh charged with trespass into
Cambodia territory.
He said it was the co-incident not the exchange of prisoner deal between the two countries.
The Cambodian court on Thursda
allowed Mr Panich Vikitsreth, MP for Bangkok and Naruemol Chitwaratana
of the People’s Network Against Corruption and Santi Asoke networks, to
be temporary freed under bail.
The seven were arrested Dec 29
by the Cambodian authorities for illegal entry into Cambodia in Banteay
Meanchey province and are now detained in Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar Prison.
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