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Prisoners repatriated to serve out sentences

Prisoners repatriated to serve out sentences

The Thai government had extradited four Cambodian drug offenders from Sa Kaew provincial prison to the Kingdom to serve the remainder of their jail terms in Phnom Penh, senior government officials said yesterday.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Kuong said he could not provide the names of the inmates, but confirmed that two female prisoners and two male prisoners had already arrived in Cambodia.

“It is an implementation of the inmate exchange that was signed in 2009 between the Cambodian and Thai governments,” Koy Kuong said.

“This is the third instance of Cambodian inmates being extradited from Thailand.”

Kuy Bunsarn, director-general of the Ministry of Interior’s general prison department, said the four inmates had been transported to Prey Sar prison, in Phnom Penh.

“We put all four inmates in Prey Sar, where they will serve their remaining jail terms,” Kuy Bunsarn said.

The Thai newspaper The Nation reported on its website yesterday that the two female inmates extradited each had 23 years remaining on their 37-year jail terms.

The two male inmates each had 12 years still to serve on their 35-year jail terms, The Nation said.

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