Thailand begins major human trafficking trial in wake of mass grave discoveries


“Thai prosecutors have launched a sweeping trial of alleged human traffickers after mass graves were found in the jungle near the Malaysian border last year.

The 92 defendants, including an army general, police officer and government officials, shuffled into the courtroom in Bangkok in leg shackles and prison uniforms.

They are accused of a variety of serious offences, including smuggling, kidnappings and involvement in the deaths of dozens of people found in the shallow graves. All have pleaded not guilty.

The shocking discovery drew international attention to the human-smuggling operations of Rohingya “boat people” fleeing persecution in Burma and Bangladeshi economic migrants.”


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