Malaysia releases Thai ex-separatist leader

Malaysia has released a former senior leader of the Pattani United Liberation Organisation (PULO) Ismail Ternang after he was found innocent.

Ismail Ternang or known by Thai security officials as Hayi Sama-eh Thanam returned to Thailand’s Pattani province two days ago.

He told Thai authorities upon arrival at the Thai border that on June 18, Malaysian police searched his family-run restaurant in Perak claiming that he had gun in possession.

But after they found nothing illegal, the Malaysian police then invited him to the police station to question in a case which a Thai worker was shot dead in Malaysia. The police said they learned that the worker has tried to see him.

No charge was filed against him, he said and added he was well-treated while being in the custody of Malaysian authorities for 28 days.