Two Cambodians released from Thai prison
Authorities from Oddar Meanchey province’s Anlong Vieng district on Wednesday received two Cambodians who were released from Thai prison after being jailed on illegal logging charges.
Trapaing Prey commune police chief Hing Thoeng said the two Cambodian men were arrested in November 2015 when they illegally crossed into Thailand and started logging luxury timber.
“Thai authorities released them yesterday at about 4:20pm. They were arrested by Thai authorities on November 12, 2015, and then sent to Thailand’s Sisaket province for illegally entering Thailand to cut timber,” he told Khmer Times yesterday.
The two convicts were identified as Chea Cheng, 25, from Battambang province’s Maun Russey district and Chea Morn, 28, from Takeo province’s Tram Kak district.
“Back then, they entered Thailand through the O’Svay border gate in Trapaing Prasat district. After receiving them, the border immigration official sent them to the commune police office and we educated them to not illegally enter Thailand again and had them sign a contract as well,” he said.
Last month, Thailand sent back 24 Cambodians who had been convicted of crimes in Thailand, most of which involved drug dealing, through the Chup Korki border gate in Oddar Meanchey province’s Banteay Ampil district.
Rights groups have often blamed the lack of domestic employment as well as the low market price of agricultural products as the reason for the mass migration of Cambodians into neighboring countries.
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