By The Nation
The Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh is waiting for permission from Cambodia to send a doctor inside the prison to check health of a convicted Thai nationalist or bring him out to see the doctor, Thai Foreign Ministry's spokesman Thani Thongpakdi said Wednesday.
Veera Somkwamkit, jailed on spying charges, is reportedly very ill. His mother had sought help from the Thai government to help Veera, a leader of Thai Patriots Network.
Veera and another TPN member, Ratree Pipattanapaiboon, were jailed on spying charges after being arrested in December along with five others, including Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth, during an inspection in Sa Kaew province.
The five were freed after being sentenced to the suspended jail terms.
Veera's mother, Wilaiwan met Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at Government House on Tuesday to seek ways to help the high profile nationalist plus his aide Ratree.
Wilaiwan told reporters that her son was very sick. She quoted him as telling her during a visit in Prey Sor Prison last week that he was so sick that he fainted in the prison.
"Mother, don't you know that I am very sick. I am so ill that I fainted. Prison wardens had to assist me to the doctor's room," Wilaiwan quoted Veera as saying.
Earlier Mong Kimheng, the chief warden of Prey Sar Prison, however had said Veera was in a good shape and in good care.
"He just caught a cold these days due to the change in climate, but he is in good health," Mong Kimheng was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.