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Rohingya human traffickers to be prosecuted

June 23, 2015

The Royal Thai Police has completed the investigation into the Rohingya human trafficking case with a recommendation to the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) to prosecute a total of 119 suspects.

The investigation was compiled by the 8th Region Police after over two months of investigation.

At a joint press conference attended by the commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Pol Gen Somyot Phumphanmuang, secretary general of the Anti Money Laundering Office (AMLO), and the representative of the OAG, Pol Gen Somyot said the recommendation to prosecute all the suspects was tom ascertain the strong determination of the government to hold human trafficking a serious problem that must be dealt with drastically.

He said warrants have been issued for the arrest of 119 people, 56 of them had been arrested and 63 others still at large.

He said more than 300 witnesses have been questioned and about 100 Rohingya migrants were victims to human trafficking gangs.

He said the police also sought arrest of 30 more suspects from the court yesterday, some of them are foreigners.

AMLO secretary general Pol Col Sihanart Porayoonrat also said AMLO has confiscated assets worth 118 million baht from these human traffickers.

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