Prosecutors, police rush to complete report on trafficking

Prosecutors, police rush to complete report on trafficking
Thai police General Aek Angsananont.

The police investigation report on Rohingya trafficking would be completed by June 19, Pol General Aek Angsananont, deputy Royal Thai Police chief, vowed yesterday.

After visiting the police forward command in Songkhla's Hat Yai district that oversees the police crackdown and overall investigation, Aek said he had personally supervised witness interviews.

The situation at the office has reportedly been tense, with police and public prosecutors under pressure to achieve the deadline.

Aek will meet today with Somnuek Siangkong, a deputy Attorney General assigned to oversee prosecutors' joint work with police, together with senior investigators from Provincial Police Regions 8 and 9 based in the southernmost provinces where trafficking has been reported and detected.

Hunt for 11 migrants who escaped

Eleven migrants of unknown ages and genders broke out of a government detention centre in Songkhla's Rattaphum district housing 112 Rohingya. A pursuit was launched but no one had been found, and they were suspected to be hiding in the jungle. The 11, reportedly victims of trafficking, were believed by staff to have fled on their own initiative, not being coaxed to flee by agents or relatives.

Under supervision by police and prosecutors, a victim is retracing the route through which he was smuggled into Thailand from Satun to Khao Kaew in Sadao district, where secret camps were found.

His account will be used as state evidence in court trials, due soon against the traffickers and those profiting from the trade in humans.

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