Groups seek answers over missing Thai activists
Thai political activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit’s family and several human rights groups have asked the Cambodian authorities for information about his status and whereabouts.
Wanchalearm was reportedly kidnapped in exile in Phnom Penh outside his home. He was an outspoken critic of the Thai government and was prosecuted in Thailand.
Sitanan Satsaksit, Wanchalearm’s older sister, and rights activists yesterday submitted a joint letter to United Nations officials calling for an investigation into his disappearance.
Wanchalearm’s hijacking was caught on CCTV, which showed images of the vehicle and its number. Satsaksit also reportedly heard the commotion as she spoke to him on the phone when he was arrested.
Accordingly Bangkok Post The Ministry of Justice of Thailand has agreed to follow up the case.
Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Khieu Sopheak and National Police spokesman Lt. Gen. Chhay Kim Khoeun could not be contacted for comment.
However, a statement said General Sopheak and Lt. Gen. Kham Khoeun had initially dismissed the case as fabrication, and another official said there was no formal complaint.
Government spokesman Phay Siphan said yesterday Cambodia did not have specific details on the Thai activist – whether he came to Cambodia for tourism or to flee Thai authorities.
He said the allegations of impunity in Cambodia are unfounded and unfounded.
“In the past, Cambodian officials have already stated. They (NGOs) should not say anything that would damage Cambodia’s image,” he added.
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