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Thai authorities to deport 70 Pakistani asylum seekers

AP  |  Bangkok 

Thai authorities have convicted 70 Pakistani asylum seekers of staying illegally in despite their protestations that they face persecution if they are sent home.

The on Thursday issued fines and up to two-month suspended jail sentences to the group, which was charged with overstaying their visas and illegal entry.

An in charge of the case said they will be held in a detention center until they are deported.

One of the defendants said the group consists mostly of and some Ahmadi Muslims, and that members of the two religious groups risk persecution in

regularly deports foreigners who are in the country illegally, even if they are recognised by the as fleeing persecution.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 18:15 IST