Border authorities at the Chup Korki checkpoint in Oddar Meanchey province’s Banteay Ampil district are communicating with their Thai counterparts regarding three Cambodians arrested Sunday morning after they were caught by Thai border officers for illegally crossing into Thailand’s Buriram province, according to officials.
National Police identified the three as Vev Vuth, 36; Pep Peay, 41; and another only named as Vey, 25. They are now in the custody of Thai authorities.
Banteay Ampil district police chief Ham Phirum said that Chup Korki border officials were cooperating with the Thais and trying to negotiate.
“They are three Cambodian citizens. They were arrested by Thai border authorities for illegally crossing to log timber on their side of the border,” he said.
“According to the information we received, they’re now being sent to Buriram province,” Mr Phirum added.
Chup Korki border checkpoint chief Yoeum Vibol said one of his officers was gathering more information from his Thai counterpart.
“According to the information we’ve received, the men were picking fruit but this remains unclear until we have investigated the situation and only then will we know what to do next,” he said.
Dien Saroeun, chief of Ampil commune police, said that people in his commune actively sneaked across the Thai border.
“Some of the people from my commune sneak into Thai territory to log timber. They don’t cross legally,” he said.
“We told them to go through the village-commune channel because it’s legal but they still don’t listen and they keep repeating the offence,” he said.