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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Thais ‘refuse to return dead Cambodians’

Phak Seangly and Cheang Sokha and additional reporting by David Boyle
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
The Phnom Penh Post

Thai authorities have refused to give families back the bodies of three Cambodians shot while allegedly logging illegally in Thailand, instead deciding to cremate them, the father of one of the deceased said yesterday.

Police said yesterday three men from Samrong town’s Bansay Reak commune in Oddar Meanchey province were shot one week ago in Thailand.

Chan Try, 62, the father of 32-year-old victim Try Sambo, said when he went to Thailand yesterday to retrieve his dead son, Thai soldiers said they had wanted to burn the body first.

“They showed us the picture of the corpse and I could recognise that my son was killed,” he said. “Thai soldiers said they wanted to burn them in Thailand. We want to take the body for cremation in Cambodia and to hold a funeral ceremony.”

His son was shot a week ago after he left for Thailand with his brother-in-law, Mu Son, and two other men, Chan Try said.

A border relations official based at O’Smach International Border Crossing in Oddor Meanchey province, who helped facilitate an agreement for the repatriation of the bodies but declined to be named, said Thai officials had promised to return the bodies yesterday.

“But when we arrived to pick them up, they did not bring them and said wait for few more days,” he said.

Meanwhile, two victims who were shot when Thai troops allegedly opened fire on a group of Cambodians after they discovered them illegally logging in Thai territory on the weekend were hospitalised today.

The men were shot on Saturday and Sunday after crossing into Thailand with an unknown number of others from Trapaing Prasat district’s O’Svay commune in Oddar Meanchey province, police said.

Lim Te, Ou Svay commune police chief, said yesterday one victim, 22-year-old Lim Seiha, had been sent to Anlong Veng hospital after he crossed into Thailand from Tomnuk Aphiwat on Saturday.

“We warned the villagers repeatedly not to log like this, but they never listen to us. It is difficult to stop them because the village borders Thailand,” he said.

One of the group remained missing while another man who was shot in the same area on Sunday was sent to Siem Reap hospital yesterday.

A source close to Thai Ministry of Defence spokesman Thanatip Sawangsaeng said yesterday Thai defence personnel would investigate the incident today.


Anonymous said...

Thai soldiers are evil, committing crime against civilian,Hun and his clan event more evil by closing their eyes,allowing all of these crimes to go on.
UN should be informed about these war crimes.Thousand of Khmer civilian have been butchered by Thai soldiers since 1979.Any civilian deserved to have a proper court procedure,before being found guilty.

Thai nation is a light year away from civilized world.Wake up Thai intellectual!.

True Khmer

Anonymous said...

the dog dog of society,khluon khmer chhkae yuon i sorrow nas why the world broadly but have brain no no idea compare chhhkae ,the dog better so far nas

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I think they need to investigate on those khmer soldier who given a green light...

Anonymous said...

This is very fucking insulting. Showed the picture killed then wanted then burn the body to show to the father. How can anybody stands to watch your own son burn, killed by Thai soldier and pretend like hunky dory. Mother fucker, the next time Cambodian go in there, take some bomb with them and blast the mother fucker to stone age.

Anonymous said...

2:59 PM I agree with you this is very insulting. But dont you wonder, who is really to be blamed for? If Hun Sen really cared about its people, he would have eased off the border killing now? But why hasnt he done anything at all?