Officials Deny Deportation From Thailand

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Cambodian laborers being taken to the border by Thai authorities. Supplie

Police in Battambang province’s Kamrieng district yesterday denied a local media report that said nearly 100 Cambodian laborers had been deported from Thailand through the Daung International Checkpoint on Sunday afternoon.
A picture accompanying the report that shows a group of detained laborers was reportedly sent to the correspondent of a local news outlet by district police. The correspondent, who wished to remain anonymous, was trying to verify the report that said the laborers, including more than 30 women, had been sent back to Cambodia.
Hean Kheng, the police chief of Kamrieng district’s security section, said he was at the checkpoint on Sunday to receive a Thai group that was coming to do charity work at a pagoda in Boeung Rang commune and denied seeing any Cambodian being laborers sent back.
“I was there at the checkpoint yesterday to receive a 118-member Thai delegation who came to the O Da pagoda to distribute books and pens to the students and I saw no Cambodian laborers sent back. I only saw people traveling across the border as normal,” he said.
Mr. Kheng added that he checked with his district’s six commune police offices about the deportation but there was no such case.
“I asked all six commune police offices, but they said no. I saw more than 300 people last week who came to register to vote along the border,” he added.
The police chief of Boeung Rang commune, who only identified himself as Phan, said he was unaware of the deportation.

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