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In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, senior adviser to the Royal Thai Army Lt. Gen. Manas Kongpaen arrives at the Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand. A Thai court, Wednesday, is issuing rulings in a major human trafficking trial with more than 103 defendants, including a senior army officer, who were arrested in 2015 after 36 bodies were discovered in shallow graves in southern Thailand. (Photo: AP/Sakchai Lalit)

A Thai non-governmental organisation combating human slavery said it relied on state-of-the-art technology to gather evidence that aided in the conviction of an army general in a human trafficking case described as the country’s biggest to date.

Following at least 62 guilty verdicts handed out by a Thai court, including the 27-year prison sentence of Lt. General Manas Kongpaen, the Thailand-based Freeland Foundation on Friday detailed its account of how it helped authorities obtain valuable information that led to charges against 103 suspected traffickers over the last three days.

In a statement, Freeland said on the morning on Jan 11, 2015, Thai police stopped five vehicles at a checkpoint on highway 408 in the Hua Sai district in the Southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Found crammed in the trucks were 98 people, all showing signs that they were victims of trafficking.

Three drivers fled the scene, while another two were arrested.

At the request of police, the foundation provided digital forensics assistance by sending two investigation support officers and a technical analyst equipped with “Cellebrite” tech kits that Freeland uses to extract and analyse data from mobile telephones.

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