ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Yellow shirts to Phnom Penh
A group of Thai yellow shirt activists will travel to Phnom Penh on Monday for talks with government spokesman and Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith, a day ahead of the trial of a key Yellow Shirt figure.
Activist Veera Somkwamkid and his secretary, Ratree Taiputana Taiboon, are set to stand trial at Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday in a high-profile case that has strained diplomatic ties. "I'm not sure about the purpose of Mr. Veera's representatives requesting a meeting with me," Khieu Kanharith said today.
"Maybe they want to understand the Cambodian government's stance on the issue." The two were part of a group of seven Thais - including Panich Vikitsreth, a lawmaker from the country's ruling Democrat Party - who were arrested by Cambodian soldiers in Banteay Meanchey's O'Chrou district.
All seven were charged with illegal entry and unlawfully entering a military base.
On January 21, five of the Thais were convicted on the charges and released after their nine-month jail sentences were suspended, bringing the case one step closer to a conclusion.
Next week, Veera and his secretary will be tried on those charges, as well as an espionage charge which carries a punishment of up to 10 years in jai
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