Thailand police release 4 'abducted' Malaysian fishermen


BANGKOK: Satun provincial police have released and sent back four Langkawi fishermen who were allegedly abducted by a group of armed men in the waters of Pulau Langgun near the tourist island.

The police chief, Maj Gen Suphawat Tapkiew, said the fishermen were released at Satun’s Tammalang ferry pier at about 11 pm (midnight in Malaysia) Monday to return to Langkawi.

“The four Malaysian fishermen were released following an agreement after a meeting between relevant authorities from Thailand and Malaysia to find a solution to the problem,” he told Bernama Tuesday, and added that Monday’s meeting was chaired by Satun governor Pattarapon Rattanapichetchai.

Bernama was made to understand that the meeting also involved officials from Malaysia’s Consulate General in Songkhla.

Suphawat said he expected the three Thai police officers and a deputy village head currently held by the Malaysian authorities to be released and returned to Thailand soon as part of the agreement reached to solve the problem.--BERNAMA MORE TO FOLLOW © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd