• CAMBODIAN KING PARDONS JAILED THAI ‘SPY’

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    PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s King on Tuesday pardoned a prominent Thai nationalist activist jailed for spying in a disputed border area, a government official said, in a case that fuelled bilateral tensions. Veera Somkwamkid, a former leader of Thailand’s “Yellow Shirt” royalist movement, was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2011. He was freed on Tuesday and will be allowed to return home, according to Eang Sophalleth, a spokesman for Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. The imprisonment of Veera, along with his secretary Ratree Pipattanapaibul, strained relations between the neighboring countries, setting the scene for a series of deadly border clashes the same year. Ratree, who was sentenced to six years in jail, was pardoned and released last year by King Norodom Sihamoni.

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