Thai Governor Vows to Protest Against Piracy

A series of alleged hijackings of Thai trawlers by Cambodian troops has spurred a pledge by a Thai regional governor to protest  to Cambodian officials, The Bang­kok Post reported Thurs­day.

About 50 members of Trat province’s Anchovy Fishing Group urged provincial Governor Phathai Wijarnpreecha to protest to Koh Kong Governor Rong Plamkesan after accusing Cam­bodian officials of encroaching on Thai soil, capturing four boats and demanding a total of $52,000 ransom, the Post reported.

Group officials told the newspaper that pirates seized a boat April 25 and released it after it paid the equivalent of $30,000.

On the way back, the boat was seized again by fishery officials who demanded the equivalent of $5,200, the Post quoted group members as saying.

The governor, urged on by four Thai provincial councilors, said he would file a letter with Phnom Penh after trawler operators filed a report with local police, according to the Post’s re­port.


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