Authorities in the insurgency-stricken Thai Deep South said Thursday they had found no evidence so far to charge 18 Cambodian Muslims in custody over suspected rebel links, but most were indicted for immigration violations.
The 15 men and three boys were picked up during raids since Jan. 28 at two Islamic Pondok schools in Mayo district, Pattani province, on suspicion of training to join separatist insurgents in Thailand’s mainly Muslim southern border region, officials said. They said all 18 would be sent back to Cambodia.
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