P. Penh returns CATS to Thai owners - Bangkok Post, January 11, 2010
The government of Cambodia has officially returned the operation of Cambodia Air Traffic Services (CATS) to its owner, Bangkok-listed Samart Corp Plc, Samart executive vice chairman Sirichai Rasameechan said on Monday.
The Cambodian government earlier seized control of CATS and barred its Thai employees from the offices after Thai engineer Sivarak Chutipong was arrested for passing fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's flight information to the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh. He was later pardoned by Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni.
"Thai staff employed by CATS can now return to work as usual," Mr Sirichai said.
Earlier, Mr Sivarak said he planned to return to work for CATS in Phnom Penh after Cambodian premier Hun Sen assured his mother, Simarak na Nakhon Phanom, that he could 'stay happily in Cambodia'.
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