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- Published: 26 Oct 2010 at 10.52
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Red shirt leader Arisman Pongruengrong may have a problem staying in Cambodia – if that is where is actually is.
Arisman Pongruengrong during his escape from police from a Bangkok hotel last April.
Fugitive red shirt leader Arisman Pongruengrong has a reputation of being an escape artist.
Last April, for example, he escaped a large group of police by abseiling down the side of his hotel wall into a waiting crowd of hundreds of his supporters.
After the red shirt rally was dispersed in May, he again evaded police and apparently made his way to neighbouring Cambodia.
Informed sources say Mr Arisman has been in hiding Siem Reap with his bodyguard.
Living in a foreign country, however, requires documentation and it now appears Mr Arisman does not have a proper visa.
There are reports that he recently hired someone to file an application for a visa on his behalf in Aranyaprathet.
He may not get it. Sa Kaeo governor Sanit Intharasuksri said he had contacted the Cambodian consulate to tell its staff that Mr Arisman might have entered their country illegally. He may have used a fake exit stamp from Thai immigration when applying to enter Cambodia.
Thai immigration officials have no record of Mr Arisman leaving or re-entering the country, so it was not possible for him to obtain the stamp legally for the visa application.
Mr Sanit said he had been told by Cambodian officials that they may not have realised the Thai immigration stamp on Mr Arisman’s passport could be a fake and processed the application without question.
Mr Arisman, of course, has good reasons for not returning to Thailand at this time. He has been indicted along with 25 red shirt protesters and pro-Thaksin Shinawatra politicians on terrorism charges, which carry a maximum penalty of death.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.
visa – an official document or mark in your passport that allows you to enter or leave a country for a specific purpose or period of time วีซ่า, เอกสารอนุมัติที่ประทับตราบนหนังสือเดินทาง
escape artist – someone who is very clever in getting away (escaping หนี) from difficult situations
abseil – to climb down the front of a large rock or a tall building while holding onto a rope ไต่เขาลงมา
rally – a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something การชุมนุม
disperse – (of a crowd of people) to separate and leave in different directions สลายฝูงชน
evade – to avoid or escape from someone or something หลีกเลี่ยง
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
informed sources – sources thought to have good information แหล่งข่าวที่เชื่อถือได้
a person or group of people whose job is to protect an important person from being physically attacked องครักษ์, คนคุ้มกัน
documentation – pieces of paper containing official information; documents used for proving that something is true เอกสารที่ใช้ในการพิสูจน์, เอกสารที่ใช้ในการอ้างอิง
hire – to pay someone to work for you, especially for a short time จ้าง
file an application – to make a formal request in writing for permission to do or have something ยื่นการขอ
on behalf of – as a representative of ในนามของ ในฐานะของ
consulate – the building where a government official works who is sent to live in another country and look after his/her own country’s citizens and business interests there สถานกงสุล
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย
fake – made to look like something real in order to trick people ที่ทำปลอม
exit – leaving a place การออก
immigration (bureau) – the government agency dealing with people entering and leaving the country and those who want to live there สำนักงานตรวจคนเข้าเมือง
obtain – to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult ได้มา, ได้รับ
realise – to know about ตระหนัก รู้
process – to deal with a document officially so that something can happen ทำให้ผ่านกระบวนการ,ปฏิบัติการ,จัดการ
indict – to officially accuse someone of a serious crime ฟ้องร้อง
terrorism – the use of violence to achieve political aims การใช้ความรุนแรงเพื่อข้อเรียกร้องทางการเมือง
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
maximum – the most possible ที่สูงสุด ที่มากที่สุด
penalty – a punishment, or the usual punishment, for doing something wrong โทษ