Southeast Asia | Human trafficking trial opens in Bangkok amid fears for witnesses

Human trafficking trial opens in Bangkok amid fears for witnesses

March 15, 2016 8:23 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

The trial of 92 suspected human traffickers, arrested after the discovery of shallow graves of migrants in a southern jungle, began in Bangkok on Tuesday and the attorney-general’s office said it would be over within a year amid fears about the safety of witnesses.

Human trafficking suspects arrive at the criminal court in Bangkok
Human trafficking suspects arrive at the criminal court in Bangkok on Tuesday

Traffickers abandoned boatloads of migrants at sea last year after a crackdown by authorities that led to a regional migrant crisis with Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Bangladesh refusing boats permission to land.

Rights groups had expressed fears that a drawn-out case, lasting anything up to two years, could put the hundreds of witnesses at risk because of inadequate police protection.

“The court is accelerating the case to finish within a year,” said Prayut Porsuttayaruk, deputy director-general of the human-trafficking office at the Attorney General’s Office. Read More

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