7 get their day in court as protests continue
- Published: 6/01/2011 at 10:26 AM
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While the seven Thais detained for alleged trespassing into Cambodia waited for today's court session, opposing groups faced off near the arrest site.
Cambodian border authorities watch representatives of the Thai Patriots Network and journalists inspect the area close to where seven Thais were arrested for trespassing on Cambodian territory in Ban Nong Jan in Sa Kaeo yesterday. THITI WANNAMONTHA
7 Thais will plead innocent trespass
Lawyers to seek bail from Cambodian court
Trespass without intent to violate Cambodian sovereignty will be the key defence of the seven Thais detained in Cambodia on charges of illegal entry, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya says.
The Cambodian court will today begin hearing the illegal entry cases against the seven. Thai officials expect the trial will proceed quickly.
Two lawyers appointed by the Thai embassy to Cambodia will defend the seven. They will contend the suspects did not intend to violate Cambodian sovereignty. Rather, their intention was to look at land lots owned by Thais which are adjacent to the Cambodian border, Mr Kasit said.
During the trial, the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Thai ambassador to Cambodia will ask the court to release them on bail, he said.
‘‘If it is approved, they will be back home today,’’ Mr Kasit said.
He said the Foreign Ministry would instruct the lawyers to base their defence on facts derived from video clips of the seven in the disputed area which have been widely seen in the media and on the internet.
The seven will need to admit they trespassed on Cambodian territory to a certain extent after ministry officials received information from the Thai military and the ministry’s Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs, which sent inspection teams to the scene on Dec 31, and Cambodian authorities.
Adisorn Pokmontri, an ambassador-level official, said the Thai and Cambodian governments wanted to settle the case amicably as bilateral relations between the two countries were gradually improving.
The seven, including Democrat MP for Bangkok Panich Vikitsreth and the leader of the Thai Patriots Network, Veera Somkwamkid, were arrested by Cambodian soldiers on Dec 29 near Nong Jan village in Sa Kaeo’s Aranyaprathet district.
A Cambodia court charged them with illegal entry and trespass into a Cambodian military area.
Thai Patriots Network members inspect the disputed border area. THITI WANNAMONTHA
Members of the network rallied yesterday morning on Sripen Road in Ban Nong Jan to protest against the Cambodian government. They dispersed late in the afternoon after local officials allowed representatives to enter the disputed area and observe the spot where the seven were arrested.
About 300 supporters of the network, a splinter group of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, turned up at the village and announced they would enter the disputed area to see where the seven were arrested.
About 200 residents of Nong Jan village confronted them and barred their way. The residents accused the network of damaging border trade and upsetting the good relationship between local Thais and Cambodians in the area.
About 200 security officials from the 126th Border Patrol Police and the Burapa Task Force stepped in to prevent a clash, keeping the groups about 100 metres apart.
After negotiations with the Sa Kaeo governor, the Burapa Task Force commander led a group of 30 people, including seven network representatives, journalists and fully armed border patrol police officers, to a barbed wire fence along the temporary border line between the 46th and 47th border pillars to look at the arrest site from a distance.
According to the Foreign Ministry, the seven were arrested 55 metres behind the barbed wire delineation line.
About 10 fully armed Cambodian soldiers kept watch over the group from a distance.
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border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries เขตแดน อาณาเขต
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
representative – someone who has been chosen or elected by a person or group to vote, give opinions, or make decisions for them ผู้แทน
journalist – a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television ผู้สื่อข่าว
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
arrest – (of the police or, in this case, soldiers) to take someone under control because they are believed to have committed a crime จับกุม
trespassing – going onto someone's land or enter their building without permission การบุกรุก,การรุกล้ำ
territory – an area of land controlled by a particular country, leader or army อาณาบริเวณ อาณาเขตประเทศ
plead innocent – to formally tell a court of law that you did not commit the crime you are accused of ไม่รับสารภาพ ให้การว่าไม่ได้กระทำผิดตามที่ถูกกล่าวหา
bail – money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว
intent – your plan or purpose จุดประสงค์
violate – to do something that is against a law, agreement, principle, etc. ละเมิด
sovereignty – the right to rule a country or area อำนาจอธิปไตย อำนาจเด็จขาดเหนือพื้นที่
defence – all the things that are said and shown in a court case to prove that someone is not guilty การสู้คดี
detained – kept in a place and not allowed to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย
proceed – to continue as planned ดำเนินการ
appointed – officially chosen for a job ถูกแต่งตั้ง
embassy – a group of officials who represent their government in a foreign country สถานทูต
contend – to claim that something is true ยืนยัน
lot – an area of land used for a particular purpose ที่ดิน, ผืนดิน, แปลงที่ดิน
adjacent – very near, next to, or touching ติดกัน
trial – the process of examining a case in a court of law and deciding whether someone has or has not committed a crime การพิจารณาคดี
ambassador – a senior official who lives in a foreign country and represents his or her own country there เอกอัครราชทูต
release – to allow someone to go free ปล่อยตัว
approve – to give official permission อนุมัต
base – to use an idea, a fact, a situation, etc. as the point from which something can be developed วางรากฐาน
derive from – to get something from something else ได้มาจาก
disputed area – an area that two different countries, groups or people claim to own, causing a serious disagreement between them บริเวณที่เป็นข้อพิพาท
media – radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it ยอมรับ
a certain extent – a limited level or degree; not completely
treaty – a written agreement between two or more countries formally approved and signed by their leaders ข้อตกลง, สนธิสัญญา
amicably – done or achieved in a polite or friendly way and without arguing เป็นมิตร, มีไมตรีจิต
bilateral relations – relations involving two countries ความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างสองประเทศ
improve – to get better ดีขึ้น
patriot – someone who has strong feelings of love, respect and duty towards their country คนที่รักชาติ
network – a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. เครือข่าย
Thai Patriots Network – The group formed to pressure the Thai government into not approving any agreements which would result in the loss of territory to Cambodia เครือข่ายกลุ่มคนไทยหัวใจรักชาติ
protest – to make a strong complaint or disagreement ประท้วง
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
spot – the particular place where someone or something is ที่, สถานที่
splinter group – a group that has broken away from a larger parent group กลุ่มที่แตกออกจากกลุ่มใหญ่
People’s Alliance for Democracy – the union of several groups protesting against the past government and which staged large protests against the Thaksin government as well พันธมิตรประชาชนเพื่อประชาธิปไตย
turn up – to come somewhere มาถึง
residents – people living in a particular area ประชาชนผู้อยู่อาศัยในบริเวณ
confront – to stand in front of a person or group in a frightening way เผชิญหน้า
bar – to not allow someone to do something or go somewhere ห้าม
trade – business activities การค้าขาย
upset – to change the usual or expected state or order of something, especially in a way which stops it from happening or working ทำให้ไม่ปกติ
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about ท้องถิ่น
task force – a group of people who are brought together to do a particular job, or a large military group who have a military aim to achieve คณะทำงานเฉพาะกิจ, กองกำลังเฉพาะกิจ
clash – a brief fight between two or more people การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย
negotiations – formal discussion in which people or groups try to reach an agreement การเจรจาต่อรอง
commander – the head of an army or army unit ผู้บังคับบัญชา
armed – carrying a weapon ติดอาวุธ
barbed wire – thick wire with a lot of sharp points sticking out of it, used for making fences ลวดหนาม
temporary – done or used for only a limited period of time, i.e., not permanent ชั่วคราว
pillar – a strong column made of stone, metal or wood which supports part of a building เสาหลัก
delineation – the process of describing, drawing or explaining something in detail การวาดโครงร่าง,การวาดเค้าโครง, การพรรณนา
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