Monday, September 26, 2011

Jatuporn: Veera, Ratree will be freed

Sept 26, 2011
Bangkok Post

Imprisoned Thai Patriots Network coordinator Veera Somkwamkid and his secretary Ratree Pipattanapaiboon are likely to be granted royal pardons soon and be set free by the Cambodian government, Pheu Thai party list MP Jatuporn Prompan said on Monday.

Mr Jatuporn, a core member of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), said that during his visit to Cambodia along with other MPs and red-shirt leaders for the weekend football match he heard that the Thai government had asked Cambodia to grant a royal pardon to Veera and Ratree.

The two are serving sentences in Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh after being found guilty of spying and illegal entry.

Mr Jatuporn said he understood the Cambodian government had agreed to take steps under Cambodian law to give them a royal pardon.

It was not known when they would be pardoned, but he believed it would be soon, Mr Jatuporn said.

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