Ten migrant workers, including four women, were repatriated to Cambodia this week after being arrested and imprisoned in Malaysia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.
They join six others who were also repatriated from a Malaysian prison earlier this month.
The ministry issued a statement on Friday saying that Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn ordered the Cambodian Embassy in Malaysia to intervene in the 10 workers’ cases.
The embassy worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to have Malaysian authorities release the workers from Bukit Jalil prison at the beginning of this month, the statement said.
The workers arrived in Cambodia on Wednesday, it said, adding that they were originally from Phnom Penh and the provinces of Tbong Khmum, Kompong Chhnang and Kompong Cham.
Earlier this month, Mr. Sokhonn ordered Cambodian Embassy staff in Malaysia to find out how many citizens were being held in the country’s detention facilities, following a similar order a year ago to investigate reports that hundreds of nationals were imprisoned in the country’s Selangor state.