Eight out of eleven Cambodian Muslims, who were arrested last month by authorities in Thailand’s southern Pattani province over suspected links to a militant insurgent group in the country, were sent back to Cambodia, an official said.
On January 29, Thai authorities arrested 11 Cambodian students during a raid on a pondok, or Muslim religious school in Pattani province’s Ma-Yor district. Nine of them were living in Thailand with expired passports and one had no identification documents.
Othsman Hassan, a senior Minister and also President of Muslims Development Foundation, said that eight outoday t of eleven Cambodian Muslims returned to Cambodia on Sunday evening.
“We intervened to bring them back to Cambodia. Eight of them have already arrived at their home village yesterday evening,” he said. “But three others, we are continuing the procedure and they are still detained in Thailand.”