Bangladeshi guilty of human trafficking in Thailand

Bangladeshi guilty of human trafficking in Thailand

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Bangkok-based daily The Nation on Friday reported a 23-year-old Bangladeshi fisherman testified his complicity in a human-trafficking case involving Rohingya and other migrants when he was brought before Bangkok’s Ratchadaphisek criminal court in Thailand on Thursday.The hearing was held with defendants, witnesses, public prosecutors and defence lawyers present.Ninety suspects were brought from detention facilities to attend the session.The court had set the advance hearing on the public prosecutor’s side in eight sessions, which would be held from 24 to 25 December, 7 to 8 January, and 12 to 15 January.The advance hearing session was part of the case against 90 suspects, including Banjong Pongpol, the former mayor of Songkhla’s Muang Padang Besar, former Satun provincial administrative organisation president Pajjuban “Ko Tong” Angchotephan, and former army special adviser Manas Khongpaen.The case was initially heard at Songkhla’s Na Thawee provincial court but was transferred to the newly established criminal court’s human trafficking case division on 10 October, according to the report.

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