Thaksin’s Second Visit to Cambodia

Former Thai Prime Minister H.E. Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in Cambodia on Sunday, as part of his visit to some Asian countries.

It is his second visit to Cambodia since he has been appointed as economic adviser to the Cambodian government and personal adviser to the Cambodian Premier Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

H.E. Thaksin Shinawatra was warmly welcomed at Phnom Penh International Airport by H.E. Prak Sokhon, delegate minister attached to the prime minister and secretary of state for the Council of Ministers, and other high-ranking government officials.

According to H.E. Khieu Kanharith, minister of Information and government spokesman, H.E. Thaksin is planning to hold workshops in Cambodia.

On the same day, the former Thai prime minister, accompanied by H.E. Prak Sokhon, visited imprisoned Thai engineer Siwarak Chotipong at Prey Sar Prison, some 15 kilometers west of Phnom Penh.

Siwarak Chotipong was sentenced to seven years in jail and a fine of 10 million riel (Cambodian currency roughly US$2,500) on charges of spying on Dec. 8 by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, and was granted a Royal pardon on Dec. 11 by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni at the request of Premier Samdech Techo Hun Sen. He was released this morning, as planned.

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