Classifieds 50% off, use promo code FBkpkPromo The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Thailand News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Thai kingpin get 35 years for Rohingya trafficking

BANGKOK: A Thai man accused of masterminding the smuggling and trafficking of Rohingya migrants fleeing Myanmar has been jailed for 35 years, a court today (Sept 1).

immigration, Myanmar, religion, corruption, crime, transport, police, military,


AFP

Thursday 1 September 2016, 04:50PM


Migrants who were found at sea on a boat stand in line as they are repatriated across the Myanmar-Bangladesh border in Rakhine in June 2015. Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP
Migrants who were found at sea on a boat stand in line as they are repatriated across the Myanmar-Bangladesh border in Rakhine in June 2015. Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Southern Thailand has long been known as a nexus for lucrative smuggling networks through which persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, and Bangladeshi economic migrants, pass on their way to Malaysia.

For years Thailand turned a blind eye to – and was even complicit in – the well-worn trafficking trade in the deep south.

Last year, Thailand’s junta launched a belated crackdown, a move that led smugglers to abandoned hundreds of victims on boats and in squalid jungle camps, but also brought much of the trade to a halt.

Yesterday (Aug 31) Sunand Saengthong, an alleged trafficking kingpin, was jailed for overseeing smuggling networks.

“Overall he was sentenced to 35 years and fined B660,000,” a spokesman at Pak Phanang Provincial Court said.

Two other accomplices were sentenced to one year and six months in jail respectively.

Police arrested Sunand after a raid in January last year that uncovered 97 Rohingya, the court said in a statement.

“Witness testimonies in court found that money from the human trafficking gang was transferred to Sunand’s bank account,” the statement said, adding that he was “a mastermind of Rohingya trafficking” in the south.

C and C Marine

The Asian Human Rights Commission, which has followed the prosecution, said police searched five vehicles during their raid and discovered desperate migrants crammed in so tight that some had suffocated to death. More than 40 of those Rohingya were minors.

Around one million Rohingya live in western Rakhine state, where they are forced to live in apartheid-like conditions and are denied citizenship.

For years they have fled their homeland by sea, looking for work in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Most victims crossed the sea in rickety boats to be held in remote jungle camps where they were beaten, raped and abused until relatives paid release ransoms. They would then be moved to Malaysia.

Thailand’s image has been battered in recent years by a series of human trafficking scandals – including in its lucrative fishing and food production sectors.

The kingdom’s junta have vowed to clean up the country’s image.

Last year’s crackdown on southern smuggling routes saw more than 100 alleged traffickers arrested – including a senior army general. He and most of those detained are currently being tried in Bangkok.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:
    Forget your password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Login game premier league competition

Hi opinioated farang, we are just finalising the main spondsor, but registration should open some time next week, look out for the email. Matt Pond...(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

My My Ive hit a nerve with tweedle dee & tweedle dum with the backpacker comment, must have been too close to home for them....(Read More)


August 3 set as final deadline for Patong taxis to return parking spaces to public

Jor 12; get your facts right I never said what you claim, that may have been Rorri, big night at the bar last night??, backpackers are by very definit...(Read More)


Login game premier league competition

When is registration starting? ...(Read More)


Five die when speedboat sinks in storm

Koh Kalok is part of Mu Koh Chumphon National Park and the speedboat should had have got the license and the authorization from the DNP to enter into ...(Read More)


Phuket ‘Pineapple Eyes’ project targets garbage, wastewater

Oh... so there is no real program...just another corny "awareness" effort. You want a good example of wastewater heading to the sea Mr. Gov...(Read More)


Phuket ‘Pineapple Eyes’ project targets garbage, wastewater

Well, in terms of real action the provincial government can take, might I suggest rubbish bins located at public spaces like parks and beaches and the...(Read More)


Stranded sea turtles give Phuket lifeguards an extra job in monsoon season

BenPendejo...the dicarding/loss of fishing gear is endemic worldwide. For example, the National Marine Fisheries Service reported an average of 11 en...(Read More)


Big plans for Phang Nga National Park

Everyone agree that local folks in small retail shops, restaurants and local tour and boat operators should get benefit from eco-tourism in Marine Nat...(Read More)


Canadian expat Muay Thai fighter found dead of suspected hanging in Patong

OzGeoff... pretty much common sense really. If at the time of the original article, the disclaimer was in place his name was not published out of resp...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.