A court in southern Myanmar has sentenced 92 Thai nationals to three and a half years in prison for entering the country illegally 'to grow crops'.

A senior Immigration Ministry official said on Wednesday the verdicts had been issued a day earlier in Kawthuang, a town on Myanmar’s southern tip.

The official declined to be identified because he was unauthorised to speak to the media.

Thailand’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the verdicts, but made no immediate comment.

The Thais were arrested during a military operation in early July for illegally entering the country and 'attempting to grow rubber crops on 1,500 acres of land'.

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