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Two Taiwanese men arrested in Thailand for alleged drug smuggling

Two Taiwanese men arrested in Thailand for alleged drug smuggling

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Two Taiwanese men have been arrested in Thailand for allegedly attempting to smuggle narcotics, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Thursday, adding that it will provide assistance to the two. They were arrested a day earlier and are currently being detained, said Andrew Lee (???), deputy spokesman for the ministry. "We will continue to keep in contact with the Thai authorities on the case," Lee said at a news briefing. Meanwhile, the ministry has notified the families of the two men and will provide assistance if they want to travel to Thailand, Lee said. If necessary, the ministry will also provide assistance such as helping them find lawyers, he added. Lee was responding to reports that the men, aged 21 and 22, were arrested at the airport in Bangkok on suspicion of attempting to smuggle 12 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine to Auckland, New Zealand. The drugs were found in their luggage, according to the reports. The men reportedly arrived in Thailand about a week ago. Lee took the opportunity to urge Taiwanese nationals not to carry unknown or illegal items abroad. Drug smuggling is considered a felony in Thailand and violators could face jail terms of up to 20 years or even the death penalty, he added. He said that there are about 156 Taiwanese nationals imprisoned in Thailand, most of whom have been convicted of drug trafficking or smuggling. The Thai authorities often grant pardons to inmates when the country celebrates birthdays of members of the royal family or other major holidays, he added. Applications for pardons need to be filed ahead of the occasions, he went on, adding that the requirements include good behavior in prison and having served a certain part of the jail term. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-08-01 05:24 GMT+08:00