Yuthasak to negotiate release of Thai detainees in Burma

July 13, 2012
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BANGKOK, Thailand – Deputy Prime Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapa is expected to hold talks with a high-ranking Burmese official over Thai detainees when he visits the country Thursday (July 12th), the Thai media reported.

Yuthasak is set to attend the South East Asian (SEA) Games Federation Council meeting and will talk with the official on the side.

An unknown number of Thai nationals were detained on July 4th after they allegedly cut trees and cleared forest to grow rubber trees. An early investigation indicates they were lured there by brokers to buy cheap land, not realising it was in Burma.

According to Yuthasak, the Thais who haven't committed any offence will be freed first, while those who were in possession of illegal drugs or weapons will be held.

Those who haven't committed any crimes are expected to be released before Burma President Thein Sein's scheduled visit to Thailand on July 22nd.

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