Five trespassing Thais return from Cambodia


BANGKOK–Five Thai nationals arrested last month for illegally entering Cambodia returned to Thailand Saturday after being set free by a Phnom Penh court.

The five, including member of parliament Panich Vikitsreth of the ruling Democrat Party, arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Bangkok Airways flight PG 934.

They refused to speak to journalists at the airport before being rushed away in a van.

On Friday, Phnom Penh Municipal Court freed the five Thais on suspended sentences and fined them one million riel (US$250) each for illegally entering Cambodia on Dec. 29.

“(The verdict) is a good sign for the ASEAN community and shows the Cambodian court has mercy,” Panich said after his release in Phnom Penh on Friday.