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Three men jailed for organizing illegal emigration from Vietnam to Cambodia

Friday, April 23, 2021, 13:43 GMT+7
Three men jailed for organizing illegal emigration from Vietnam to Cambodia
Do Van Quen, Nguyen Van Khai, and Vann Nath stand their trial at the People’s Court in An Giang Province, Vietnam, April 22, 2021. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

Two Vietnamese men and one Cambodian national have been sentenced to a total of eight years and six months behind bars for arranging for others to illegally migrate from Vietnam to Cambodia.

The People’s Court in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on Thursday tried Do Van Quen, 35, and Nguyen Van Khai, 56, both from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, as well as Cambodian national Vann Nath, 38.

Quen and Nath each received three-year jail terms while Khai was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

The group was also told to return the money they had earned from the unlawful activities.

Quen, Khai, and Nath became acquainted with two Vietnamese men in Cambodia in early June 2020 and agreed to help them organize illegal entries and exits along the Vietnam - Cambodia border, according to the indictment.

On June 18, the three were tasked with transporting three people from Khanh An Commune, An Phu District, An Giang Province to Cambodia on a boat.

During the journey, the group was caught red-handed by police officers in An Phu District and was subsequently taken into custody.

At the police station, Quen, Khai, and Nath admitted to having successfully organized the illegal exit of 12 individuals from Vietnam to Cambodia on three occasions prior to their arrest.

Nath had received VND2.4 million (US$103), while Quen and Khai had been paid VND1.2 million ($52) and VND600,000 ($26), respectively.

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