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Thaksin Shinawatra and Chavalit Yongchaiyudh Come Together to Receive the Thai Spy Today – Monday 14.12.2009

Posted on 15 December 2009. Filed under: Week 643 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 643

“Phnom Penh: The Thai former prime minister, Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, and the Puea Thai Party president, Mr. Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, will come together to receive the Thai spy Siwarak Chothipong at the Prey Sar Prison today [13 December 2009]. This is according to a high ranking official of the Royal Government.

“This official said that the information about the arrival of Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra will be hidden to some extent. But Mr. Chavalit Yongchaiyudh arrived at Cambodia since yesterday morning on 13 December 2009.

“The spokesperson of the Royal Government, Mr. Khieu Kanharith, spoke to Kampuchea Thmey, as saying that Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra will really come to Cambodia to receive the Thai spy who will be released on Monday. But Mr. Khieu Kanharith did not specify the actual date, but just said that Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra will arrive on 12 or 13 December 2009. As soon as Mr. Thaksin arrives at Cambodia, he will go to meet the Thai spy in the Prey Sar Prison, to visit him with his mother.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith added that after Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra has met the Thai man, he will meet with Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen on Monday. Then he will meet economists at the Ministry of Economy and Finance like before.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith stressed the arrival of Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra is not a secret, because he already became an important official of Cambodia. As an economic advisor, Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra might do some work abroad to contact with investors to come to invest in Cambodia.

“As for the Thai government of Mr. Abhisit Vijjajiva, after receiving the information about Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, that he comes to visit Cambodia again, he is seeking to send a diplomatic note again, asking Cambodia to extradite Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, according to AFP.

“Mr. Abhisit Vijjajiva told this news agency that even though the previous request for extradition was rejected by the Cambodian government, his government will not give up sending a request again.

“A high raking official of Cambodia said that what we decided previously is not different from now, because Cambodia does not like twisting words like the Thai government. Thus, Cambodia will not care about any requests of the Thai government to extradite Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra.

“Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra said on the Internet by Twitter on Saturday that he plans to visit three countries in Asia. He said the visit to those countries would take seven to eight days. But he did not specify those countries’ names.

“According to a high ranking official of the Council of Ministers, when Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra arrives, he will go to meet the Thai spy at the Prey Sar Prison at 4:30 p.m. on 13 December 2009, and that spy will be released from prison on 14 December 2009.

“The official added that the president of the Puea Thai Party, Mr. Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, will accompany Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra. According to the official, Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra and Mr. Chavalit Yongchaiyudh expressed their appreciation towards the head of the Cambodian government, especially King Norodom Sihamoni, who pardoned the Thai national.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2123, 13-14.12.2009

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Monday, 14 December 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #361, 13-14.12.2009

  • Two Cooks Were Attacked [in two separate cases]; One Was Shot Dead and the Other One Was Stabbed into One of His Eyes [perpetrators are not yet identified – Phnom Penh]
  • Three People Died and Two Were Seriously Injured, in a Traffic Accident on National Road 5 [two cars cashed into each other – Phnom Penh]
  • The Ministry of Women’s Affairs Celebrated the National Day against Human Trafficking on 12 December

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2123, 13-14.12.2009

  • Thaksin Shinawatra and Chavalit Come to Receive the Thai Spy Today
  • An Official of the Ministry of Interior: The Sam Rainsy Party Can Visit, but Cannot Remove Border Markers [in Svay Rieng]
  • [The Minister of Foreign Affairs] Mr. Hor Namhong: This Year Cambodia Can Cultivate Much Paddy Rice, but there Is a Lack of Milling Machines to Mill Paddy Rice for Export

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #554, 13-14.12.2009

  • The Sam Rainsy Party Continues to Seek Thumbprints from Citizens for Asking the King to Deliver Immunity to Mr. Sam Rainsy [his immunity was suspended for removing border markers]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6830, 14.12.2009

  • The Court: Sam Rainsy and His Accomplices, Are Accused of Removing the Cambodian-Vietnam Temporary Border Markers, and Inciting [racial] Discrimination [Svay Rieng]

Phnom Penh Post [Khmer Edition], Vol.1, #66, 14.12.2009

  • The Thai Spy Will Be Released This Morning under the Presidency of Mr. Hun Sen and Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra
  • Police Arrested 968 Demonstrators in Copenhagen [among 30,000, for throwing bricks and breaking windows during demonstrations about global climate change – Denmark]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #5072, 13-14.12.2009

  • [Thai Prime Minister] Abhisit Vijjajiva Welcomes to Release [of the Thai engineer], but the Thai Opposition Party [Puea Thai Party], Asked Him and [the Minister of Foreign Affairs] Kasit Piromya to Thank [Prime Minister], Hun Sen
  • An Agricultural Official: In 2009 and 2010, Cambodia Will Have More Than Three Million Tonnes of Paddy Rice [compared to last year, there were also about three million tonnes]

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.17, #1832, 14.12.2009

  • The FBI Report on the Grenade Attack on 30 March 1997 Was Released [it was quoted from The Cambodia Daily – 9/10/11 December 2009 – as saying, ‘Investigators believed in 1997 that they had uncovered evidence to implicate security forces loyal to the Cambodian People’s Party in the grenade attack on an opposition rally in Phnom Penh that year, which killed at least 16 people.’]

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How can the law be set aside? – Sunday, 13.12.2009

Posted on 15 December 2009. Filed under: *Editorial*, Week 642 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 642

The Mirror is, in principle, an instrument that tries to do what it’s name says: to mirror what is in the news – and a mirror sees everything. It is not selecting what to show and what not to show. This is a high goal for a press review – it cannot be realized in our publication in quantity; but in quality it has to try to reflect major trends, even if some of them contradict each other.

Since some weeks, and with increasing clarity, two different ways to refer to the former Thai prime minister, Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, can be observed:

  • The ousted former Thai prime minister, ousted by a military coup – compared to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar – his conviction for corruption is considered to be only a politically motivated move, he is considered as having created an economic model that assured him electoral victory, and therefore he is an appropriate adviser on economic affairs for the Cambodian political leadership and for Cambodia – and he is, after all, also an “eternal friend” of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
  • The fugitive former Thai prime minister was found guilty by the Thai Supreme Court and convicted to a two years prison sentence for corruption, helping his wife to buy an expensive piece of land in Bangkok, from public property into personal ownership, and way under the current market price. He had built up his telecommunications network to the strongest economic power outdoing other during his time in office. He therefore could afford to not only deposit a big fund for temporarily staying our of prison on bail, he could also afford to break his promise and lose this money – but he still is rich enough to travel around the world in a private jet aircraft, having achieved a (semi)permanent residence in exile in the financial center of Dubai.

He wielded power in 2003, during the anti-Thai riots which resulted in the ransacking of the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh and the destruction of other Thai property; later it was estimated that US$ 56 million went up in smoke during on night. But it was he who threatened the Cambodian Prime Minister to dispatch Thai paratroopers to Phnom Penh immediately, if the Cambodian government would not start to take action against the rioters within one hour. – Now again he wields power from exile, by successfully appealing to Prime Minister Hun Sen to pardon a Thai citizen accused to have been acting as a spy and convicted to 7 years in prison – most media describe that he did not appeal to the King who has the power to pardon, though the King finally granted the pardon. And this within three days – violating past practice that pardons for persons convicted to prison will only be granted after the prisoner has served at least two thirds of the time in prison – but in this case, only about 1% of the time had been served. No explanation has been given to the public why the Cambodian government is violating the history of it’s own practice.

The Thai government is, of course, obliged to try to implement verdicts of the Thai Constitutional Court, and therefore said it would request again for his extradition, but the Cambodian foreign ministry spokesperson Mr. Koy Kuong said such a demand would be “just a waste of time.” After all, Prime Minister Hun Sen had also said to consider the preset Thai government illegitimate, as it was formed on the basis of coalition agreements and not as a result of a direct popular vote. No wonder that the Thai government and other international observers ask how this can be reconciled with the traditional ASEAN practice of not interfering in the internal political structure of a member country.

A Cambodian Anti-Corruption Draft Law – still kept secret from the public, but already forwarded to the Assembly – has already passed the Cabinet in the morning of 11 December 2009. What will it’s provisions be? It was argued, since October 1993, when a draft first had reached the National Assembly, that an Anti-Corruption law cannot be operated without a new Penal Code. Now, there is a Penal Code.

One may try to imagine what the Cambodian governments reaction would be if another member state of ASEAN, like for example Malaysia, would entertain intensive communication with a major Cambodian opposition party in Cambodia, trying to change Cambodian court decisions

Nobody can hope for a solution by simply combining some arguments from both sides, like saying: “Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra, the criminal convicted by the Thai high court for personal embezzlement, the adviser of the Cambodian government, is now commenting on what a new Anti-Corruption Law should contain. And which kind of violations of laws for personal gain, which kinds of misuse of high level power should be excluded from corruption investigation, when they have been committed by highly placed persons…”

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