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‘Mentally ill’ Thai man released after arrest

THE Cambodian military has released a Thai man who was detained last week after illegally crossing the border, officials said. Samdav Kamchan, 60, from Thailand’s Surin province, was arrested on Friday about 15 kilometres from the O’Smach international border gate in Oddar Meanchey province, but released after it became clear he posed no threat. “We let him go back home on the same day he was arrested after we found he had no papers or weapons with him,” said Nanh Sovann, chief of the working group at the Cambodia-Thailand Border Relations Office. “He told us he was just walking around in the forest. He did not tell us any more because it looks like he has a mental illness.”

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