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Authorities charge two Thais at border

Two Thai nationals arrested by Cambodian soldiers along a stretch of the disputed border area in Preah Vihear province have been charged with illegal entry and possessing illegal weapons, officials said Sunday. The two men, identified as Phim Ana, 46, and Leng Ham, 50, were charged after being sent to court Saturday, said provincial court prosecutor Keo Sim. “We are detaining them in prison for investigation,” he said. “We suspect them of … spying on Cambodian military bases.” The two men, who were found with two homemade guns and ammunition, told authorities they were hunters, Choam Ksan district deputy police chief Sai Tim said. But provincial police chief Mao Pov said he did not believe the two were actual hunters, and that they likely would have needed proper training and help from the Thai military to traverse the heavily mined area. Thai officials could not be reached for comment.



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