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Monks, migrants came into Thailand ‘illegally’

Thai officials sent 64 migrant workers and seven monks back to Cambodia yesterday, saying the Cambodia nationals had entered the country without proper authorisation.

Monks sent back had crossed the Poipet border to Thailand illegally to collect and beg for money in Thailand, said Sin Nam Yong, a Thailand/Cambodian border official at the Poipet border crossing.

“The monks have occasionally had no passports in hand, and crossed into Thailand, except for one, whose passport showed a visa that was expired for more than three months,” Nam Yong said.

Twenty-eight of the 64 workers sent back had been recently released from prison, Nam Yong said.

Neth Sary, Cambodian general consul to Srah Keo province, Thailand, could not be reached yesterday.

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