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"Veera" will not change lawyers: MFA

BANGKOK, Jan 26 — Thai Patriots Network coordinator Veera
Somkwamkid, fighting illegal entry and espionage charges in Cambodia
has opted not to change his legal team but will continue to use the
Cambodian lawyers provided by Thai embassy in Phnom Penh, according to
Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman.

Information Department director-general Thani Thongphakdi told
reporters that Mr Veera has dropped his demand to change lawyers to
conduct his legal defense.

However, it is up to Mr Veera to decide himself whether he will ask the
court to allow the legal team provided by the Thai Patriots Network to
work together with the Cambodian lawyers.

Whatever he decides, the embassy would respect his decision and was ready to support, said Mr Thani.

He added that the embassy also ready to assist Mr Veera if he wanted to
petition court to accelerate the trial process and reschedule the
judgment from Feb 1 to an earlier date.

Mr Thani reiterated that the ministry won’t abandon the remaining two
Thais — Mr Veera, the sole Thai detainee still being held in Prey Sar
Prison, and Ratree Pipattanapaiboon, his secretary, and will continue
to do all it can to bring the duo back to Thailand as soon as possible.

They faced additional charges of espionage and the court is expected to hand down its on their cases verdict on Feb 1.

The seven Thai citizens including ruling Democrat Party member of
parliament Panich Vikitsreth were arrested Dec 29 on charges of
trespassing on Cambodian territory.

Mr Panich and four other Thai detainees returned to Bangkok on Jan 22
after the Cambodian court ruled that they were guilty of illegal entry
and intentionally trespassing into Cambodian territory. They were
sentenced to nine-month suspended jail terms and fines of one million
riel (US$250) each.  (MCOT online news)

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