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400 prisoners in Cambodia to be granted clemency


 At least 400 prisoners in Cambodia will be released or have their sentences reduced for next month's funeral of the late King Father, Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathanak said yesterday.

Regarding two Thais convicted of espionage, he said a royal decree for reducing the sentence of Veera Somkwamkid and pardoning Ratri Pipattanaopaiboon would take effect on February 1 when the funeral begins.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Hun Sen asked the Ministry of Justice to consider pardoning the two Thais following a renewed appeal by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Among those who are not being granted clemency are opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who is believed to be living in France, and radio station owner Mam Sonando.

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This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






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