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Prime Minister Hun Sen Appeals for Withdrawal of Arrest Warrant For Prince Thomico

Prime Minister Hun Sen says Thursday that he appeals to the Phnom Penh municipal court to withdraw arrest warrant of Prince Sihamoni's cousin Prince Sisowath Thomico, and to drop defamation charges against Mr. Hun Sen related to the border issues.

Mr. Hun Sen in his letter to Prince Thomico states that he will try to appeal to the court to withdraw the arrest warrant lawfully, and this move might help ease the prince's case.

Mr. Hun Sen says that he will appeal to the court through the government's lawyer to ease up the tension.

Mr. Hun Sen's decision is made after prince Thomico's letter for liniency for his unintentional action which had an impact on the prime minister's name.

Prince Thomico fled Cambodia last October after a defamation lawsuit was filed by the government against the prince on border issues.

Mr. Hun Sen says that he does not want anything more than just peace and quiet for the nation's interest.

He decided to appeal to the Phnom Penh municipal court to drop criminal charges against the activists on Tuesday.

Former King Norodom Sihanouk's top adviser Say Bory is in exile in France and was charged with defamation on border issues also.

Three other activists, Mr. Men Naath, Mr. Ea Channa, and Mr. Chea Mony who fled the country to avoid being sent to prison on defamation charges against the prime minister about border issues, refuse to write letters to Mr. Hun Sen for leniency saying they did nothing wrong.