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Cambodian king pardons Thai national convicted of spying

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Thai Cambodian border crossing at Poipet

Thai Cambodian border crossing at Poipet. Photo: Darcy M.

BANGKOK, Dec 11 (TNA) – Cambodian king Norodom Sihamoni on Friday pardoned a Thai engineer sentenced seven years in Cambodian jail for espionage charge, government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said on Friday.

Mr Khieu told international media that Prime Minister Hun Sen had requested the royal pardon for the Thai national on Thursday and King Sihamoni signed it Friday morning.

He said Mr Siwarak Chutipong will be released from the Cambodian jail on Monday.

A Cambodian court sentenced Mr Siwarak, an employee of Cambodia Air Traffic Service, to seven years prison and fined him 100,000 baht (US$3,000) for releasing flight details of Thailand’s fugitive ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra when he visited Phnom Penh last month on his first trip there after being appointed economic adviser to the Cambodian government.

“This morning Hun Sen said that if the man wants to continue working in Cambodia, he is welcome.” Mr Khieu was quoted as saying by Agence France Presse (AFP), a French news agency.

Source: MCOT

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