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12 January 2011 :: 11:01:47 am 48783

Suthep believes Hun Sen’s comments not intended to damage bilateral ties

BANGKOK, Jan 11 -- Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Tuesday said he believed Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's comments that no one, including the United Nations, could intervene in the court proceedings of the seven Thai detainees currently incarcerated in Phnom Penh, and that the believes the Cambodian premier did not mean to damage bilateral ties but stressed the principle of legal procedures.
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Mr. Suthep said what everyone could do now was to wait for the court verdict. He advised all parties not to comment or criticise in ways which could negatively affect the case.

“Cambodian court procedures are not different from [those of the] Thai court. We should not put pressure on the court,’ he said. What Mr Hun Sen said was simply a statement of the principal of legal procedures; he did not intend to harm bilateral relations.

He affirmed that the Thai authorities were using all means to help the detained Thais and the officials – political and military- were holding talks regularly at all levels.

Premier Hun Sen was quoted by China’s Xinhua news online on Monday as saying that it was impossible for even the United Nations to intervene because the case is now under the full authority of the Cambodian court, which must be respected.

“There are many comments these days. A publication said yesterday that Thaksin or the Puea Thai Party want to intervene in the case…. I just confirm that no one can intervene in the judicial system, neither the government, nor foreigners, or Cambodians,” Mr Hun Sen said.

After the trial, he added, the detainees can appeal and go further to the Supreme Court if they do not agree with the verdict.

The seven detained Thais, including Democrat Member of Parliament for Bangkok Panich Vikitsreth and Veera Somkwamkid, Secretary General of People’s Network Against Corruption and a leader of the Thailand Patriot Network, were arrested Dec 29, 2010 by the Cambodian authorities for illegal entry into Khmer territory in Banteay Meanchey province and are now being detained in Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar Prison.

The Cambodian court finished the first hearings on Thursday. The detainees face two charges — illegal entry into the Cambodian kingdom, with possible punishment of three to six months jail and deportation, and also trespass into a Cambodian military area, punishable by three to six months jail and Bt7,500-15,000 in fines.

Meanwhile, National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General Tawin Pleansri urged all parties to refrain from commenting on the case as it may confuse the public.

Mr Tawin urged Thais to be confident in Thailand’s state authorities to protect the country’s national interests.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will inform the Cabinet of the results of Monday’s meeting of top security officials to find measures to help seven Thai detainees who continue in Cambodian custody.

The prime minister said after yesterday’s meeting that the Thai officials discussed measures to assist the seven after the court delivers its verdict with the aim of securing their release without any residual impact on the countr

Report by : MCOT online news

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