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PM to inform public about arrest of seven Thais by Cambodia

BANGKOK, Jan 23 – Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will also
inform the Thai public Sunday night about the arrest of seven Thais by
Cambodian soldiers on charges of trespassing onto Cambodian territory
on Dec 29, he said  Sunday during his weekly TV and radio address.

Five of the seven were freed by the Cambodian court and returned to
their homeland Saturday evening. The court in Phnom Penh on Friday
ruled them guilty of illegal entry and intentionally trespassing into
Cambodian territory.

They were sentenced to nine-month suspended jail terms and fined one
million riel (US$250) each. However, their jail sentences were
suspended.

The two remaining detainees faced additional charges of espionage and
the court is expected to hand down its verdict on Feb 1 as earlier
scheduled.

Meanwhile, Mr Abhisit also said that the Cambodian sign erected at Kaew
Sikha Khiri Sawara temple near the ancient Preah Vihear temple,
charging Thais with being invaders, that he had consulted with Army
chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, who confirmed that he would contact
Cambodian troops to remove the sign.

There should be no problem on that, the prime minister said.

The Cambodian sign saying ‘Thais invaded this area before’ was erected
in front of the temple on Dec 1 after Thai troops left the area in a
bid to cool tensions centering on disputed areas along the border.
(MCOT online news)

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