High rank military officer, 15 Thai officials including one military soldier and four police officers put on trial for human smuggling.
Lieutenant-general Manas Kongpan has been charged with human smuggling, the importation of people into a country has been the dubbed as the kingpin of human smuggling in Thailand, report said.
The human trade involved migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh and the Southeast Asian region, surfaced after the Thai crackdown in May, discovered a major human smuggling trade industry with thousands of migrants were found at sea and in jungle camps.
Thailand said it would indict 72 people including a high ranking military official over human smuggling.
Attorney General official Wanchai Roujanavong,”The investigation showed it is a big syndicate. There were networks that brought the migrants from overseas into the country systematically,there were a lot of damages. Bodies were found. Senior officials were accused, as well as influential figures. The Office of the Attorney General, therefore, treats it as a very important case.”
Fifteen of those arrested were Thai officials, including one military soldier and four police officers among the suspects is Lieutenant-General Manas Kongpan, dubbed as kingpin, has been charged playing a major role in human smuggling industry.
Mr. Roujanavong, said, “We will not let influential people rise above justice, For those people who are still on the run overseas, we will work with national police to send them back, according to existing extradition treaties.” he added.
Case files have been sent to a court in the southern province of Songkhla, where the migrants’ graves were discovered, and where the suspects are jailed and are not allowed to bail. Considered as a major issue raises speculations about long-term effectiveness of Thailand’s crackdown on commercial human exploitation syndicates.
Almost 4,500 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants were stranded in Southeast Asian waters in recent months, held between countries opposing to accept them.
These people are being trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. Thailand’s growing economy attracts migrants from neighboring countries Burma, Cambodia, Laos, the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.), Vietnam, willingly leave thier home country because of poverty. IMAGE/chiangraitimes