Cambodia has released fifty-one Thai fishermen after four years of captivity. The fishermen, arrested for?
Cambodia has released fifty-one Thai fishermen after four years of captivity. The fishermen, arrested for alleged territorial violations, were set free by Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia in what he called "an act of Buddhist compassion".
Relatives and friends of the detained men gathered at an iron bridge across the tropical stream forming part of the border between Thailand and Cambodia.
The release had been carefully arranged in advance, and was supervised on the Thai side by the Burmese Ambassador to Bangkok, whose country looks after Thai interests in Cambodia.
Cambodian officials arrived by limousine, followed by the fishermen in a bus. The fishermen lined up like a military squad for the short journey to freedom, but broke into a run halfway across the bridge and arrived in Thailand shouting and singing songs.
The released men attended a Buddhist ceremony of thanksgiving, at which priests sprinkled them with water. Not all the fishermen chose to return home. Two stayed behind in Cambodia, where they were promised a piece of land, property and citizenship.