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Thai court convicts three of spying

BANGKOK, September 6, 2011 (AFP) - A Thai court on Tuesday jailed three men, a Cambodian, a Vietnamese and a local, for two years each for espionage, officials said.

The trio were arrested in June in Kantharalak District, near the disputed border with Cambodia, amid a bitter land dispute between Thailand and its neighbour.

Police said at the time that they were carrying maps with military facilities marked on them, and two of the men were using the illegal stimulant methamphetamine.

The Thai was jailed for two years and four months while the Cambodian was handed two years and three months and the Vietnamese received two years, Kantharalak District Court Director Thongchanai Kothajit said by telephone.

The Thai and the Cambodian received longer sentences for drug charges.

The Thai-Cambodian border row saw 28 people killed in two outbreaks of fierce fighting earlier this year.

After the three men were detained, Thailand's then premier Abhisit Vejjajiva accused Phnom Penh of "violating Thai territory", but Cambodia accused Bangkok of "deceitful fabrication".

Earlier this year, a Cambodian court jailed a high-profile Thai nationalist activist arrested at the border for eight years on spying and illegal entry charges, while six other Thais received lighter sentences.

Tensions between the two countries have eased since a July election victory by allies of ousted ex-leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who is a friend of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Cambodia in May launched a legal bid at the International Court of Justice in the Hague seeking to force Thailand to pull troops from a disputed strip of land near the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple.

The court ruled in 1962 that the temple itself belonged to Cambodia but both Phnom Penh and Bangkok claim ownership of a 4.6-square-kilometre (1.8-square-mile) patch of nearby territory.

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Police said at the time that they were carrying maps with military facilities marked on them, and two of the men were using the illegal stimulant methamphetamine.
:lol:

Note to self. When involved in clandestine espionage activities in a volatile border area try not to be ripped to the tits on Billy.

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Police said at the time that they were carrying maps with military facilities marked on them, and two of the men were using the illegal stimulant methamphetamine.
:lol:

Note to self. When involved in clandestine espionage activities in a volatile border area try not to be ripped to the tits on Billy.

Perhaps he was a Whiz...ard !!

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Court Jails Three Suspects for Espionage

Si Sa Ket's Kantharalak Court has sentenced three suspects to two years in prison for espionage.

The Provincial Court in Kantharalak District of Si Sa Ket Province handed down two-year jail terms to three men found guilty of espionage and narcotics possession.

The three include a Thai national Suchart Muhammad, Cambodian Ung Kimthai, and Vietnamese Nguyen Teng-yang.

They were arrested on June 7 in Kantharalak District while driving a pick-up truck in an area controlled by the Thai military at the Thai-Cambodian border.

They were found carrying maps with military bases marked on them.

The Cambodian consul, the first secretary to the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, the Thai military and police officers, and the suspects' families were all present at the verdict reading.

The three were taken to be detained at the Kantharalak Prison.

The Cambodian and Vietnamese authorities are seeking to appeal the sentence before the deadline of thirty days after it was issued.

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-- Tan Network 2011-09-07

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