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Tea Banh non-committal on pardon

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence
Minister Tea Banh said he has no idea when Thai Patriots Network
coordinator Veera Somkwamkid and his secretary Ratree Pipatanapaiboon
will be granted a royal padon.
He said this in an interview with the Bangkok Post in Phnom Penh.
Gen Tea Banh said in response to questions that procedural steps
must be taken in seeking a royal pardon for the convicts, adding that
he did not know if Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen had forwarded the
petition for a royal pardon filed by  Veera and Ratree to the king.
Nobody could say what the outcome would be, or if or when they would be released, he said.
“It’s not that anybody can just ask to be released.  The Cambodian justice process cannot be interfered with,” he said.
Gen Wichit Yathip, a former deputy army chief and a close aide to
former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, said the Democrat-led
government should seek help from people who could talk to Cambodia, in
order to help the two jailed yellow-shirt activists.
“But the government and the Foreign Ministry have never asked Gen Chavalit or me for help,” Gen Wichit said.
Gen Wichit was in Phnom Penh today to take part in the opening of
the new Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra hotel of Thai businessman
Supachai Veeranarong.  The opening ceremony was chaired by Gen Tea Banh.
Gen Chavalit did not attend the event, but sent his wife Khunying Phankrue to represent him.
Veera and Ratree were sentenced to eight and six years in jail
respectively after being found guilty of illegal entry and espionage.
They and five other Thais were arrested on Dec 29, initially for illegal entry.
The five other Thais were found guilty of illegal entry and
then freed after the remaining eight months of their nine-month jail
sentences were suspended.
Bangkok Post
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