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No spy exchange with Thailand: Cambodian PM


PHNOM PENH –
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that there will be
impossible to exchange the two Thai “Yellow Shirt” activists being
jailed in Cambodia with a recently arrested Cambodian by Thailand.

“It’s absolutely no way to exchange the two
Thai activists with the arrested Cambodian,” he told a graduation
ceremony at the Technical School of Medicine. “Thailand can proceed the
case of the arrested Cambodian man according to Thai legal system.”

The premier’s remarks came after Thai foreign
minister Kasit Piromya said on Saturday that the Thai government is
willing to exchange the arrested Cambodian and the Vietnamese with two
Thai ” Yellow Shirt” activists now detained in Cambodia on espionage
charges.

Cambodian court, on February 1, convicted
Veera Somkwamkid, a high- profile activist in the Thailand Patriot
Network, and his secretary Ratree Pipatanapaiboon of illegal entry,
unlawful entry into military base and espionage and sentenced them to 8
years and 6 years in jail respectively. 

On Tuesday last week, Thai police and
paramilitary soldiers arrested three men: a Thai national Suchart
Muhammad, 32, Ung Kimtai, 43 from Cambodia, and Wiang Tengyang, 37 from
Vietnam for “spying” along the Thai-Cambodian border in Si Sa Ket
province.

Also Read: Cambodia Slams Thailand over Spying Claim

Hun Sen reiterated that the “spy” arrest was “fabricated”.

Cambodia and Thailand has border conflict
just a week after Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple was enlisted as a World
Heritage Site on July 7, 2008.

Thailand claims the ownership of 4.6 square kilometers of scrub next to the temple.

Since then, both sides have built up
military forces along the border and periodic clashes have happened,
resulted in the deaths of troops and civilians on both sides.


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