Wednesday, 02 December 2009 04:15 DAP-NEWS
(Posted by CAAI News Media)
Former Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama and the mother of an alleged spy, Thai engineer Sivarak Chutipong, will arrive in Phnom Penh today or on Thursday, according a high ranking Cambodian government official on Tuesday.
However, Sivarak’s defense lawyer said he is not aware of the developments.
“The arrival of the two people is to negotiate with Cambodia government to release Sivarak from the Prey Sar Prison and release him from the accusations of the Phnom Penh court,” the official told DAP News Cambodia on Tuesday.
The Phnom Penh Court will proceed with a trail on December 8.
The arrival made following the mother of the jailed Thai engineer in Cambodia. She has asked the Phue Thai Party to assist in her son’s case.
The Thai government claims that it is not embarrassed and is fully sympathetic with the mother.
Simalak Na Nakhon Panom, the mother of the jailed Thai engineer in Cambodia, traveled to Pheu Thai Party headquarters to seek assistance from former Foreign Minister, Noppadol Pattama and a legal adviser, according to Bangkok Post.
Simalak said that she is concerned about the well-being of her son and is willing to resort to any mean to ensure her son’s release.
She believes that the Foreign Affairs Ministry is slowly proceeding with the case and therefore she has contacted the Phue Thai Party for help.
Bangkok government led by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday confirmed that its ability to help the detained Thai spy who is accused of stealing Fugitive Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra during his 4-day private trip to Cambodia, while Cambodian government officials still insist that this case currently is under Phnom Penh Court’s probe.
Sivarak Chutipong, an employee of Thai-owned Cambodia Air Traffic Services (CATS), was arrested on Nov 11, 2009 charged of passing a state secret to Thai diplomatic officials’ flight information about fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra when he visited Phnom Penh. Sivarak is being held in Prey Sar prison.
The government is doing its best within the limits of the law to help the Thai engineer accused of spying in Cambodia; Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya was quoted by Bangkok Post on Monday.
Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh said the alleged spy will not be freed before trial.
In a phone interview with the Bangkok Post, Gen Tea Banh said legal proceedings against the Thai engineer must be allowed to run their course.
The spy´s mother will attend a court session on December 8 in Phnom Penh,Noppadon insists that this has nothing to do with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinnawatra’s appointment as an economic adviser to Cambodia and that the Pheu Thai Party is willing to fully assist a fellow Thai.