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Thailand deports jailed loggers

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The two teenage loggers deported from Thailand. Supplied

Thai authorities have deported two Cambodians who were imprisoned last year over illegal logging.


The two loggers were sent back to Cambodia on Sunday through the Chaom Sangam border checkpoint in Oddar Meanchey’s Anlong Veng district. Hing Thoeng, the Trapaing Prey commune police chief who received them, said they were jailed for illegal logging in Sisaket province for more than two months.

“They went to log timber in Thailand,” he said. “They were imprisoned since November 28 in Sisaket provincial prison. They got into Thailand through the O’Svay corridor.”

Mr Thoeng identified them as Wood Sorith, 17, and Ang Long, 17, both of whom live in Oddar Meanchey province.

Thai authorities handed them over to immigration officials at the border and they were then sent to the commune police office for education, according to Mr Thoeng.

He said that the two were educated and signed a contract not to enter Thailand illegally again in the future.

“After receiving them from Thailand, we educated them not to illegally cross the border again and we took a picture of the contract as evidence,” he said. “Then we let them go home.”

On Friday, Thai authorities deported six Cambodians through the same border checkpoint after they spent two years in prison for illegally entering the country to log wood in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

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