March 09, 2011
Mother and elder brother of Veera Somkwamkid, a key figure of Thai Patriots Network who has been imprisoned in Phnom Penh, went to see Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Tuesday at the Government House to discuss help measure.
Wilaiwan Somkwamkid, the mother, and Preecha Somkwamkid, the elder brother, arrived at the Government House at about 1.30 p.m. before having meeting with the prime minister.
They said they would like to discuss the concrete plan on help measure for Veera whom they said is seriously ill with infection.
Preecha said he would also ask the PM about the amnesty for Veera.
"The prime minister should be able to negotiate with the Cambodian leader because he is the country headman," Veera's brother responded when asked if he had high expectation from the premier.
Veera Somkwamkid was among the other seven Thais, including Democrat member of the parliament for Bangkok Panich Vikitsreth, who were arrested December 29, 2010 by the Cambodian authorities for illegal entry in Cambodia's Banteay Meanchey province.
Five others returned to Thailand after the Cambodian court on Jan 21 ruled that they were guilty of illegal entry and intentionally trespassing into Cambodian territory. However, on top of illegal entry charge, Veera and Ratree Pipattanapaiboon, his secretary, were convicted by the Phnom Penh court for espionage. An eight-year jail term and a 1.8 million riel (450 U.S. dollars) fine were handed down on February 1 for Veera and he was put in jail without granting bail.