More Sok Yoeun Evidence Sent to Thailand

Cambodian authorities have delivered more evidence to Thai courts in their bid to extradite opposition party member Sok Yoeun for his alleged role in the 1998 Siem Reap rocket attack, the Bangkok-based newspaper, The Nation, reported Wednes­day.

Documents intended to back up evidence already handed over to the Thais were sent to the Cambodian Embassy in Bang­kok and will be later passed to Thai officials after being translated, The Nation reported a senior security source as saying.

Sok Yoeun, who fled to Thai­land late last year following a government roundup of rocket attack suspects, was jailed in Bangkok for immigration violations. Though released June 26, he remains in Thai custody pending a resolution of Cambodia’s extradition request—the first of its kind between the two countries.

Sok Yoeun, who was granted “person of concern” status by the UN, has allegedly been accepted by a third country, opposition party leader Sam Rainsy said. But in a conversation last week he also acknowledged the need for the Thai courts to hold an extradition hearing for Sok Yoeun.

Evidence against the Battam­bang man has been generally criticized by both opposition party officials and human rights workers as being thin and possible faked.

The government has so far refused to detail what evidence it has against Sok Yoeun.



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