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Cambodia's appeal court release 4 Thais on bail

01-18-2011 15:51 BJT

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's Appeal Court decided Tuesday to bail four of five Thais at the request of their lawyers and the Thai embassy in Cambodia.

Pich Vicheka and Ros Aun, lawyers for the seven Thais who were arrested last month for alleged illegal entry into Cambodia, confirmed to the media that four of the five Thais who were rejected their bail by a lower court on Jan. 13, were bailed Tuesday.

The one remaining in custody is Veera Somkwamkid, who leads a People's Alliance of Democrats group called the Thailand Patriot Network who was facing an additional charge which was mentioned as his attempt in "collecting information which might damage to Cambodia's national security".

Of the seven Thais arrested, Cambodia's first court level known as Phnom Penh Municipal Court decided on Jan. 13 to release two on bail by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on the ground of their health condition.

The two released on bail were Thai Democratic Party lawmaker Panich Vikitsreth and Naruemol Chitwaratana.

The two were bailed three days after their lawyers submitted their bail request to the court for all the seven Thai nationals arrested and charged with illegal entry into Cambodia and unlawful entering into military zone.

The two on bail are currently staying inside the Thai embassy in Cambodia awaiting law procedure that might lead to their trial in later day yet specified.

The other four released on bail will also stay inside the Thai embassy, the sources said.

Cambodian troops detained them following their entry into Cambodian territory in Banteay Meanchey Province on Dec. 29.

Panich was claiming that he had traveled to the area to investigate residents' complaints that Cambodian troops were intruding into Thailand.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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