Laos has released and deported the last of four Americans detained a week ago during the surrender of about 170 ethnic Hmong. A U.S. embassy spokesman said today (Monday) that Sia Cher Vang, a Hmong-American, was released Saturday and deported to Thailand.
Mr. Vang was arrested on June fourth along with another Hmong-American (Nhia Vang Yang), and two other Americans (Georgie and Ed Szendrey), who have also been deported.
The four activists from the California-based organization called the Fact Finding Commission say they witnessed the June fourth surrender of a group of relatives of Hmong rebels in Laos.
Listen to our Laos report for details.