Thai national pardoned in Cambodia good news: PM

19:06, December 11, 2009      

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It is good that Thai national Siwarak Chutipong has been pardoned in Cambodia, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Friday.

The important thing is Mr. Siwarak will have the freedom, Thai News Agency quoted the Thai prime minister as saying.

Abhisit's statement was made after Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, earlier in the day, pardoned Siwarak, who was convicted on Tuesday to seven years in jail for spying by a Cambodian court.

Siwarak, who worked as an engineer at Cambodia Air Traffic Services Co Ltd, was arrested in Cambodia on Nov. 11.

The Phnom Penh Municipality Court said Sivarak was collecting information of a flight schedule of his country's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra 's visit to Cambodia on Nov. 10. and passed it on to the Thai government.

Thaksin was toppled from power in 2006 and he has lived in self-exile in foreign countries since then to avoid a two-year jail term for corruption.

Thaksin was officially appointed as adviser of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Royal Government of Cambodia on Nov. 4 and paid his first visit here on Nov. 10 as the adviser.

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