FATE OF 11 UIGHURS AMONG ISSUES DISCUSSED BY MALAYSIA’S IGP, THAI POLICE CHIEF

BANGKOK, Thailand Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun met his Thai counterpart, Gen Chaktip Chaijinda at the Royal Thai Police headquarters here yesterday.

According to sources, various issues were discussed at the meeting, including the fate of 11 Chinese citizens of Uighur ethnicity from the Xinjiang autonomous region, China, who are currently in Malaysian custody following their escape from a detention centre in southern Thailand.

There is a suggestion that the 11 Uighur men be extradited to Thailand but the final decision lies in the hands of the country’s leader (s), the sources told Bernama.

Mohamad Fuzi was in Bangkok to attend a rugby match between the Malaysian and Thai police forces participating in the Rujirawongse Cup at the Boonyajinda Stadium in Laksi, Bangkok yesterday afternoon.

Also present during the meeting were senior officers of the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) including Bukit Aman Narcotics CID director Mohmad Salleh and Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department director Tajudin Md Isa.

The 11 Uighurs, currently in detention in Malaysia, were part of 20 men who broke out of an immigration detention centre in Sadao, southern Thailand in November last year, while the other nine were detained by the Thai authorities shortly after they escaped.

Recently, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed that Beijing had officially requested Malaysia to repatriate the 11 Uighur men to China.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, denied that the government was pressured by China to repatriate the Uighurs.

Meanwhile, the sources said during the meeting, Mohamad Fuzi and Chaktip had also discussed the need for closer cooperation in combating crimes such as call centre scams, stolen vehicles and human trafficking, among others.

Source: NAM News Network