Local leader probed over outdated migrant papers

Officials (right) question two of nine arrested Mon migrant workers over the issuing of documents they received from a local leader in Kanchanaburi's Sangkhla Buri district on Friday. (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI: An investigation will be launched into the allegation a local leader issued revoked documents to nine migrant workers seeking jobs in Thailand in exchange for brokerage fees of 4,000 baht each.

Sangkhla Buri district chief Pakorn Kanwanlee said on Saturday that district authorities had stopped issuing this type of documents for several years. It was therefore likely that the documents had been unlawfully issued.

The local leader whose signature appeared on those documents would be called for questioning. If found having demanded brokerage fees in exchange for the documents as alleged by illegal migrant workers, he would face both disciplinary and legal action, said the district chief.

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