Jailed Thai Patriots Network activist, Ratree Pipattanapaiboon, will be freed from Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison on Feb 1, Cambodia has said.
Thailand's Foreign Ministry is making preparations to bring Ratree home.
Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said yesterday from Pakistan that the Cambodian government had informed him that a royal pardon had been granted for Ratree and will take effect on Feb 1.
He said the government will ask Ratree's family how many of them will travel to Phnom Penh to greet her.
The Thai embassy in Phnom Penh will then liaise with Cambodian officials.
Mr Surapong said the Cambodian government has yet to make an official announcement on reducing the prison term for Veera Somkhwamkid, another Thai Patriots Network member.
"I would like to thank Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, and I would like to express my gratitude for former king Norodom Sihanouk's compassion for the two Thais," Mr Surapong said.
On Thursday, Cambodia's Foreign Ministry said Hun Sen had instructed the Cambodian Justice Ministry to consider reducing Veera's prison term and granting a royal pardon to Ratree, on the occasion of the royal cremation of former king Norodom Sihanouk. The cremation has been set for Feb 4.
On hearing the news, Veera's mother, Wilaiwan Somkhwamkid, left for Phnom Penh yesterday morning to visit her son.
Preecha Somkhwamkid, Veera's younger brother, said his mother was extremely happy with the news despite not knowing yet when Veera will be released.
Mr Preecha called on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to help ensure Cambodia keeps its pledge to reduce the prison term of his brother.
Cambodia is preparing to reduce Veera's sentence so that in six months he will be eligible for a prisoner exchange programme, he said.
Veera and Ratree were arrested along with five other Thais, including Democrat MP Panich Vikitsreth, on Dec 29, 2010 while "inspecting" a disputed border zone near Sa Kaeo's Ban Nonghchan area.
The two are currently being held in Prey Sar prison near Phnom Penh. Veera was sentenced to eight years and Ratree to six years on charges of espionage and illegal entry.
In Trat yesterday, Chamber of Commerce president, Sumit Khiewkhajee, hailed the upcoming release of Ratree, saying it was a sign of easing tensions between the neighbours.
He said the release would give a big boost to local trade and investment and to the proposed opening of two border checkpoints in Trat's Bo Rai district and Muang district.
Pat Supapa, a prominent businessman in Cambodia and chief economic adviser to Hun Sen, said good personal relations between the two national leaders played an important part in the changes.
He said any future disputes between the two countries are likely to be resolved in an amicable fashion, which will be a blessing for bilateral trade and investment.
Meanwhile, People's Alliance for Democracy supporters have started arriving in Si Sa Ket's Kantharalak district ahead of a rally this weekend.
Protest leader Saman Sringam urged the public to join the rally to protest against the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) pending ruling on the Thai-Cambodian border dispute.
Cambodia has asked the ICJ to reinterpret its 1962 judgement, which awarded Phnom Penh ownership of the Preah Vihear temple, but did not rule on the area around it.
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