Cambodian embassies and a consular office recently intervened in the repatriation of 11 Cambodians from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, according to a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday.
The consular office in Thailand said it would provide legal assistance to two Cambodians who illegally entered Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province for logging purposes and were arrested by Thai police in Pang Sida National Park on February 12.
Bun Sokheng, deputy chief of Oddar Meanchey province’s Samrong city police, said at the time that Thai soldiers identified the two Cambodians as Mea Ean, 45, and Ngeth Theary, 47.
“They were arrested by Thai soldiers as they transported the rosewood from the Thai national park over the Cambodian border,” said Mr Sokheng.
“After the arrests, the Thai soldiers confiscated many pieces of rosewood, a Toyota car, an AK-47 rifle, 209 bullets and other materials from them.”
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said the Cambodian consular office in Sa Kaeo province would provide legal assistance to them when they appeared in court. He added the consular office was asking Thai authorities to speed up the case and was preparing voluntary lawyers to defend them in court.
According to the statement, the Cambodian embassy in Malaysia also cooperated with Malaysian authorities to facilitate the repatriation of eight Cambodian workers, including five women, for illegally working in the country.
They have already arrived back in Cambodia. It added that one Cambodian national who complained about the hard working conditions in Singapore had also been repatriated.