Myanmar sentences 92 Thai nationals 3.5-year jail terms for bootleg entry

YANGON, Myanmar — A justice in southern Myanmar has condemned 92 Thai nationals to 3 and a half years in jail for entering a nation illegally to grow crops, a supervision central pronounced Wednesday.

The verdicts were released Tuesday in Kawthuang, a city on Myanmar’s southern tip, a comparison Immigration Ministry central said. He declined to be identified since he was unapproved to pronounce to a media.

Thailand’s Foreign Ministry reliable a verdicts and pronounced Thai diplomats in Myanmar were putting in a ask to revisit a detainees.

“Certainly all has to follow a court’s record in Myanmar, though we will try to see if we can interest or how we can lessen a sentences,” Thai Foreign Ministry orator Thani Thongphakdi told The Associated Press.

The Thais were arrested during a troops operation in early Jul for illegally entering a country. Myanmar state media reported that a farmers were attempting to grow rubber trees on 1,500 acres of land, and some of them were armed with involuntary rifles and grenades. Thai media reported that some members of a organisation were attempting to grow marijuana.

So distant a box has not influenced shared relations. Last week, Myanmar President Thein Sein finished a three-day revisit to Thailand with an agreement to boost mercantile team-work between a dual neighbors. During his trip, Thein Sein told Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra he would demeanour into seeking measures to assistance though pronounced a box had to make a approach by a justice system.

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Associated Press author Thanyarat Doksone in Bangkok contributed to this report.

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