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Deportee just swims back

While many Cambodian migrant workers are going to great lengths to return to employment in Thailand, one Slovenian has allegedly chosen to go the other way – by swimming his way back into the Kingdom after being deported.

Authorities say 48-year-old Sorrnman Gorzd, known to locals in Preah Sihanouk town as a perennial pest, was arrested on Tuesday. He was charged with illegal border crossing soon after his wet journey in the Gulf of Thailand finished in Koh Kong province’s Mondul Seima district.

Khon Mara, deputy director of the immigration office in Koh Kong, said the swimming Slovenian’s visa had expired, and due to his undesirable past, which Mara did not go into, he had been banned from setting foot in Cambodia.

“I worked procedurally, and this foreigner was charged with illegal border crossing,” Mara said, adding that after his arrival, Gorzd “troubled” the villagers, bringing his presence to the attention of police, who made the arrest.

After an interrogation, authorities located his visa, found that it was expired, and also learned that Gorzd had spent time in Preah Sihanouk town. He was blacklisted from entering the country on July 25, Mara said.

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