Burned Bodies on Border are Thai, Official Says

An autopsy performed in Bangkok has determined that two badly burned bodies found on the Thai side of the border last month were the remains of Thai nationals, a Cambodian border relations officer said Wednesday.

The unidentified bodies were found January 7 on a cassava farm in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province, and were initially believed to be Cambodian migrants.

However, Chhun Lon, chief of the Cambodia-Thailand Border Relations working group at the Phnom Dei checkpoint in Battambang’s Sampov Loun district, said an officer from the Thai border office informed him late last week that an autopsy conducted in Bangkok had concluded the dead men were Thai nationals. Mr. Lon said the Thai official did not reveal how the autopsy determined their nationalities.

“It is not an official notice, I only received a call from them,” Mr. Lon said. “I hope the Cambodian Embassy in Thailand will get the official report.”

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said Wednesday that neither the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok nor the consulate in Sa Kaeo had received an official update on the bodies.

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