Written by DAP NEWS -- Sunday, 09 August 2009 04:48
Cambodian and Thailand are working on the process of transfer of prisoners. Those serving sentences will be exchanged after the legal documents are implemented, an official from the Cambodian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. “We will send a diplomatic note to the Thai side when the legal documents of the Thai sentenced persons of were completed,” said Koy Kuong, spokesman and undersecretary of state for the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. “My ministry is cooperating with ministry of justice to process this task.” Koy Kuong was unaware when prisoner exchanges would begin, saying that important legal procedures needed to be followed, so the Cambodian Justice Ministry would need to be involved.
Foreign ministers from Thailand and Cambodia on August 5 signed a bilateral agreement over the transfer of sentenced persons and co-operation over the enforcement of penal sentences in Bangkok during the 6th Meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation. Cambodia would send convicted Thais to serve their sentences in Thailand and vice-versa, officials said. Two Thais linked to the Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) were given life sentences by a Cambodian court in December 2004 for plotting to bomb the US and British embassies in Phnom Penh. Chiming Abdul Azi, Muhamma-dyalludin Mading and Cambodian Sman Esma El were found guilty of colluding to attack the missions along with Hambali, the suspected JI mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. Chiming and Mading has been demanded many times from family and civic organizations to serve their term in Thailand, officials said.