Efforts underway to free four Thais detained in Cambodia

March 27, 2012
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SA KAEO, Thailand – The governor of Thailand's Sa Kaeo province said Tuesday (March 27th) he would try to win release of four Thai nationals recently arrested in Cambodia on charges they entered the country illegally.

Sanit Naksooksri said he would discuss the issue with Cambodian authorities at a Thai-Cambodian Regional Border Committee (RBC) meeting Tuesday in Siem Reap, MCOT Online reported.

The four are employees of a gold mine company, a Thai-Cambodian joint venture, and had entered Cambodia several times over the past two years to work legally, the governor was quoted as saying.

Border officials said the four sought permission from Cambodian border patrol agents to enter the country on Friday (March 23rd) with two vehicles and some mining equipment.

They were accompanied by three Cambodian border patrol agents when they were arrested by Cambodian soldiers and charged with illegal entry because they had no travel documents, The Bangkok Post said.

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