Laos sends eight Thais back home after completing jail term

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UBON RATCHATHANI, April 10 – The Pakse court released eight Thais after they completed six months of jail term for trespassing into Lao PDR territory and went hunting in a restricted area.

Thai authorities met them at the Chong Mek-Vang Tao international border crossing in the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani.

The Lao authorities arrested the eight Thai nationals in Champasak province in October for trespassing into its territory and hunting in reserved area.

Each was charged 30,000 baht for living expenses. All of them are Ubon Ratchathani natives and were questioned before returning home with their families.

They said they had not intended to enter Lao territory while collecting forest products in the Phanomdongrak mountain range and entered Lao unintentionally. Local residents gathering forest products were warned to be careful due to the poor border demarcation in the area