Supporters of Missing Thai Activist Demand Cambodia Probe His Alleged Kidnapping in Phnom Penh

Some 100 supporters of a Thai political activist who was snatched from the streets of Cambodia’s capital in broad daylight protested Monday in front of the country’s embassy in Bangkok, demanding that Phnom Penh investigate his case, while Cambodian officials continued to disavow knowledge of his abduction.

The supporters also accused the Thai government of having orchestrated the kidnapping of Wanchalearm Satsaksit, 37, who had fled to Cambodia from Thailand, where he was wanted by authorities for criticizing the former Thai junta. Wanchalearm was apparently abducted by gunmen in front of his apartment complex in Phnom Penh on Thursday afternoon as he talked to his sister on a phone.

Both Thailand’s government and police force have denied involvement in his disappearance. Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters Monday that he had no information on the case, but said the government would discuss it with Cambodian authorities.

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Reported by RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Sok Ry Sum. Written in English by Joshua Lipes