Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Thai duo’s appeal gets bounced

Thai duo’s appeal gets bounced

Thai duo’s appeal gets bounced

The appeal of two Thai citizens to overturn their five-year prison term for illegally entering Cambodia was denied yesterday.

Appeal Court judge Khun Leang Meng denied the pleas of Phit Orna and Thorng Den Yakla, who claimed they entered Cambodia by accident in 2010 while hunting, and upheld the five-year prison term handed down by Preah Vihear Provincial Court.

He added the pair would be deported back to Thailand after serving the sentence.

Defence attorney Kao Soupha said his clients, who were caught crossing the border in Preah Vihear’s Choam Ksan district, were arrested during a period of unrest along the border of Thailand and Cambodia.

He claimed that his clients got lost while hunting and wandered into Cambodia, where they were unfairly detained due to the tense border situation, caused by the dispute regarding ownership of the Preah Vihear temple.

“The Appeal Court’s decision is extreme. They did not intend to cross into Cambodia,” Kao Soupha said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty