Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni granted a pardon on Friday to a Thai engineer sentenced to seven years in jail for leaking the flight schedule of fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, a government minister said.
King Sihamoni agreed to pardon Siwarak Chutipongse, 31, after a request was made by his mother, Thailand's opposition Puea Thai party and Thaksin himself, Cambodian Information Minister Khieu Kanharith told Reuters.
"The king signed an order this morning to pardon him. He will be released on Monday at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Hun Sen," Khieu Kanharith said by telephone.
"The request for a pardon was not made by the Thai government, but by Puea Thai party members and Mr Thaksin Shinawatra," he said.
A court jailed air traffic control engineer Siwarak for seven years on Tuesday for breaching national security by leaking Thaksin's flight schedule to a Thai diplomat in Cambodia, who was subsequently expelled.
Siwarak's arrest on Nov. 10 prompted Cambodia to take temporary control of Thai-operated Cambodia Air Traffic Services (CATS) and suspend all Thai expatriates at the company.
Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and skipped bail last year ahead of a prison sentence for graft, caused a diplomatic uproar when he visited Cambodia last month to begin work as an economic adviser to its government.
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