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Cambodia pledges clemency for Thai 'spies' to mark cremation of ex-king

Published on Jan 10, 2013 4:51 PM
 
Public motorcycle transport locally known as "tuk-tuk" passes the public square decorated with the portrait of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk. Cambodia said on Thursday that it would grant clemency to two Thais convicted of spying in a disputed border area, to mark the cremation of its former king Norodom Sihanouk. -- PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia said on Thursday that it would grant clemency to two Thais convicted of spying in a disputed border area, to mark the cremation of its former king Norodom Sihanouk.

Veera Somkwamkid - a former leader of Thailand's "Yellow Shirt" royalist movement - was jailed for eight years in 2011 while his secretary Ratree Pipattanapaibul got six years, in a case that fanned bilateral tensions.

Cambodia is preparing to pardon Ratree and to reduce the sentence for Veera to coincide with next month's cremation of the former king, who died last October aged 89, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Veera could also receive a pardon in the future, it said.

 
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