YALA PROVINCE, Thailand - Five men from Yala who reportedly got lost in the jungle and wandered into Malaysia on April 17 were freed yesterday.
After the Than To villagers' release by Malaysia, Thai authorities questioned them in front of community leaders to understand how they had wandered over the border.
Following their capture, Army Region 4 chief Lt-General Walit Rojanapakdee instructed officials to co-ordinate with Malaysian authorities and explain that the illegal entry stemmed from the five getting lost.
Than To villagers alerted the media after the five were arrested.
The men, carrying two shotguns, were reportedly hunting in the border jungle when two people in their group got lost and the other three got lost looking for them. They were three kilometres inside Malaysia when arrested.
They were reportedly sent to the Ban Din Samer border patrol joint checkpoint in Than To before being sent to a detention centre at a Malaysian army base near the border.
The Thais - Surapoj Roddoung, 40, Nares Supasit, 48, Somchai Kraidam, 48, and two boys aged 17 and 15 - were originally scheduled to be transferred to Kedah State tomorrow.