Jan 6, 2011
Thai 'Yellow shirt' activist Veera Somkwamkid (second left) and Thai Democrat Party lawmaker Panich Vikitsreth (right) are escorted by Cambodian police at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. -- PHOTO: AFP
THAILAND - A CAMBODIAN court on Thursday commenced its hearings against seven Thais including a Democrat MP charged with illegal entry into Cambodia.
The seven were also accused of entering a Cambodian military base without permission.
A TV footage showed MP Panich Vikitseth and activist Veera Somkwamkit entering a court building one by one. No one talked to reporters; Panich, a Bangkok MP just waved to the waiting reporters; both Thais and Khmers.
The group were arrested while inspecting a site in Sa Kaew's Kok Soong district, which is opposite Banteay Meanchay province of Cambodia last Wednesday.
They were taken to Phnom Penh and detained in a central prison, pending trial.
Earlier reports said they will testify before court one by one. The court will decide whether to consider the case. -- THE NATION/ANN