Foreign Minister thanks Cambodia for Ratree’s pardon


BANGKOK, February 4 2013  Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Thai government to Cambodia regarding the pardon of Ratree Pipattanapaiboon. 

Ratree Pipattanapaiboon was released last Friday after spending 2 years in Cambodian prison. According to the Foreign Minister, the release came after the talks between Thai Premier and Prime Minister Hun Sen, during which the Cambodian Premier had promised to help out.

In the case of Veera Somkwamkid who is still behind bars in the Cambodian jail, the prison term has been reduced by 6 months. Although the Cambodian law requires that Mr Veera serve at least one-third of the sentence before being eligible for pardon, the foreign minister said the Thai government would do its utmost to help Mr Veera nevertheless, said Surapong.

Prime Minister Yingluck, meanwhile said during her campaign in Lopburi Province that she would travel to Cambodia on February 4th to attend the cremation of King Sihanouk, after which she would discuss various issues with Cambodian Premier Hun Sen.