Wednesday, 9 March 2011

PM to meet Veera's mother this afternoon

via CAAI

By The Nation

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will meet on Tuesday mother of Veera Somkwamkit jailed in Cambodia on spying and immigration charges.

It is expected that the prime minister will discuss with Wilaiwan how to help Veera who is reportedly very ill. The meeting is scheduled at 2pm.

Veera and Ratree Pipattanapaiboon, activists of Thai Patriots Network, were sentenced to jail after being found guilty of spying and illegally entering Cambodia. They and five others including Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth were arrested during their inspection trip to a site near Sa Kaew province on December 28 last year.

All were charged of illegal entry while Veera and Ratree faced an additional charge of spying.

Five of the group were freed after the Cambodian court ruled suspended jail term for them, but Veera and Ratree were given jail terms for spying.

It is reported that Veera and Ratree have asked for royal pardon from Cambodia's King Sihamoni. At first they insisted they would appeal the ruling.

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