Thailand’s national security chief says the over 100 illegal Chinese immigrants who were repatriated to China earlier this month are being treated well at a rehabilitation center.
Anusit Kunakorn says some are under investigation for their alleged involvement in terrorism.
On July 9, Thailand repatriated to China 109 illegal immigrants who were traveling to Turkey, Syria or Iraq to wage jihad, or holy war.
According to the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, among the returnees, 13 were fleeing China after being implicated in terrorist activities.
At the invitation of the Chinese side, Thailand’s national security chief Anusit Kunakorn had led a delegation to China to discuss the issue.
SOUNDBITE (THAI) ANUSIT KUNAKORN, Thailand’s National Security Council:
“I saw that the illegal Uygur immigrants are in a good condition at a rehabilitation center in northwest China’s Xinjiang region. We were granted ‘unprecedented’ access to them.”
Anusit also displayed photos taken at the rehabilitation center.
Thailand’s recent repatriation of the illegal Chinese immigrants has sparked protests from countries including the U.S. and Turkey.
China says it’s normal cooperation between countries as well as an international obligation, and it won’t accept politicization of the issue by foreign forces.