14 Jul '18, 1am

Coach and two of the boys will be given legal aid and may become citizens in six months

BANGKOK • Two of the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach who were rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand will receive legal assistance in the nationality verification process and, if all goes well, they could expect to receive Thai citizenship in six months. Thailand's Interior Ministry and the Children and Youth Department have confirmed that assistant coach Ekkapol Chantawong and two of the boys, Pornchai Kamluang and Adul Sam-on, are stateless, following media reports of their plight and the difficulties faced by 500,000 stateless people living in Thailand. The authorities have promised to give the trio legal assistance in the nationality verification process. If everything goes smoothly, all of them will have Thai nationality within six months. The stateless people, mostly ethnic minorities living near the border areas, have to endure restrictions in many asp...

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