Thailand to deport crew of N Korean weapons plane

Thai prosecutors have dropped charges against the five-man crew of an aircraft carrying 35 tons of weapons from North Korea that was intercepted in Bangkok in December.

Updated: Feb 11, 2010, 13:32 PM IST

Bangkok: Thai prosecutors have dropped charges against the five-man crew of an aircraft carrying 35 tons of weapons from North Korea that was intercepted in Bangkok in December.
Thanaphit Mollaphruek, a spokesman from the Attorney General`s Office, says the five men from Belraus and Kazakhstan will be deported to face prosecution in their home countries.

Thanaphit told reporters on Thursday the decision was partly made to maintain a good relationship with the two countries.

It was not immediately clear when the men would be deported.

Thai authorities seized the Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane on December 12 during a refuelling stop in Bangkok.

The ultimate destination of the arms remains unknown.

PTI