Tuesday 6 December 2016

Thailand human trafficking scandal - more than 100 suspects face charges

Published 24/07/2015 | 08:12

Thailand authorities launched an investigation after 33 bodies were exhumed from jungle camps near the Thai-Malaysian border in May
Thailand authorities launched an investigation after 33 bodies were exhumed from jungle camps near the Thai-Malaysian border in May

More than 100 people face charges in a multinational human trafficking scandal after dozens of bodies were discovered in Thailand earlier this year.

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Office of the Attorney General spokesman Wanchai Roujanavong said 91 Thais, including an army general, nine Burma nationals and four Bangladeshis face multiple charges, including human trafficking, partaking in a transnational crime network, and assisting or bringing in aliens into the kingdom illegally.

He said provincial prosecutors have pressed charges against 72 arrested suspects and were waiting to proceed with 32 others who remained at large.

The sweeping investigation, in which 15 Thai state officials were implicated, came after 33 bodies, believed to be migrants from Burma and Bangladesh, were exhumed from various jungle camps near the Thai-Malaysian border in May.

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