By Sav Yuth
12th March, 2009
Reported in English by Khmerization
Khmer border soldiers claimed that they have arrested four Thai nationals for illegally entering Cambodian territory at Choam Ksan district in Preah Vihear province.
Maj. Meas Yoeun, border commander for Choam Ksan district of Preah Vihear province, told RFA on the morning of 12th March that his soldiers had arrested for Thai nationals at Prolean Tatum, Po Veal village, Choam Ksan commune, in the afternoon of 10th March.
He said: "These four Thai nationals live in Obun province, Khanthalak district. They come to hunt in the areas and our border force patrolling in the Prolean Tatum border point saw them and arrested them. We have sent them to the police already."
These Thai nationals were found carrying three home-made guns and three batteries with them.
Mr. Preap Tan, governor of Preah Vihear, said that the four claimed that they are normal Thai citizens but they were found with weapons that are capable of killing so they were sent for questioning waiting for contacts from the Thai side before deciding what to do with them.
RFA is unable to seek comments from the arrested four Thai nationals nor the Thai embassy.
Since the beginning of February, there were reports of many arrests of Thai nationals who were illegally crossing the border into Khmer territories, with a lone Thai soldier arrested on 26th February carrying many 69-type explosives and a map. On 27th February, another lone Thai soldier was arrested near the former mango plantation of Ta Mok in Anlong Veng.