Seven Cambodian Loggers Released From Thai Jail

Seven Cambodian men were back on home soil Sunday following their release from jail in Thailand after being arrested almost a year ago for attempting to illegally log rosewood across the border, an official said Monday.

The men, who are from Stung Treng, Kampot and Kompong Thom provinces, were arrested while scouring the Thai jungle for the luxury timber on January 15, 2014.

They were repatriated via the Choam-Sa Ngam international checkpoint, said the checkpoint’s chief, Toch Ra.

“Those seven men were returned after the Thai border soldiers sent them back home across the checkpoint at about 12:30 p.m. and handed them over to border police…. We then allowed them to go home in taxis they paid for themselves,” Mr. Ra said, adding that all seven appeared to be in good health.

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