via Khmer NZ News Media
PHNOM PENH, July 5 (Bernama) -- Cambodian authorities have handed over two Thai nationals to Thailand over their alleged involvement in a bomb attack in Bangkok last month, according to a statement released by Cambodia's Foreign Ministry.
Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported that Long Visalo, the Secretary of State at Cambodia's Foreign Ministry, handed over the two Thais to a representative from the Thai Embassy at the Phnom Penh International Airport on July 5 and that Thailand has subsequently thanked the Cambodian government.
The two suspects, a man and a woman, were allegedly involved in the June 22 attack on the headquarters of the Bhumjai Thai Party, part of Thailand's governmental coalition. They were arrested by the Cambodian authorities in Siem Reap province on July 3.
According to VNA the statement also said that the Cambodian government had arrested and sent the two back to Thailand without any request from the Thai government.
This showed that the Cambodian government will not tolerate terrorism regardless where the crimes were committed, it said.
The "Phnom Penh Post" newspaper quoted the Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, Vhheang Vannarith, as saying that this development showed that the relationship between the two countries might grow stronger in the near future.
Cambodia has shown its flexibility in bilateral relations with Thailand, he said, adding that there could be positive developments in the relationship after this sign of goodwill.