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Three more kingpins nabbed in connection with human trafficking at Thai border

File photo of a crowd gathering around a mass grave with the remains of unidentified Rohingya migrants found at a traffickers camp in Wang Kelian last month. — Reuters pic

July 15, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, July 14 — Police have arrested three more kingpins in connection with human trafficking at the Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian, Perlis where mass graves of Bangladeshi and Rohingya victims were found in May.

This was confirmed by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who, however, declined to comment further on the arrests.

He said operations to nab other culprits were still ongoing especially for another kingpin who goes by the name of ‘Yassin’.

“We will leave no stone unturned until all the masterminds involved are caught.

“We are sharing information with our Thai counterparts and will track down all

the main suspects,” he told reporters after attending a “Pinning of the Rank” ceremony for senior police officers at the Officers Mess at Bukit Aman here today.

Khalid said police also seized all the properties belonging to the suspects. On May 25, Khalid announced the discovery of 139 graves in 28 temporary camps of human trafficking syndicates in Bukit Wang Burma, Wang Kelian. A total of 106 skeletal remains believed to be victims of the syndicate were found, and the operation to dig and remove the remains was terminated on June 8.

The first burial, involving the remains of 21 victims, was conducted on June 21, followed by the remains of 30 others a few days later.

The third and fourth batches of 24 remains respectively were buried on July 4th and 6th.

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