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THAILAND WON’T REPATRIATE HIJACKERS

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Thailand will not repatriate two Burmese students who hijacked a plane and threatened to blow it up to demand the return of democracy to their homeland, a senior Thai official said Saturday.

Deputy Prime Minister Tienchai Sirisunpan, who persuaded the hijackers to surrender peacefully, told a news conference the Thai government was considering how to deal with the students, temporarily in custody of the Thai navy."We will not hurt them. They will not be sent back to Burma," Tienchai said. "The Burmese government also does not want them back. So far they have not asked for asylum in any country."