Thai Gov’t Asks Cambodia To Verify Reports of Missing Activist

The Cambodian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it had received a diplomatic note from Thailand asking the former to verify news reports documenting the disappearance of a Thai pro-democracy activist. It was unclear if this was a request for a criminal investigation.

VOA Khmer reported on Friday eyewitness accounts from Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar district of popular Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit being dragged into a black SUV by three unidentified men. The abduction was reported by Human Rights Watch in a statement released Friday morning.

Cambodian and Thai officials for more than four days ignored calls for an investigation into the incident, with the former requiring an official complaint from Thailand or Wanchalearm Satsaksit’s family.

Koy Kuong, a spokesperson at the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told VOA Khmer on Tuesday that the ministry had received on Monday a diplomatic note from the Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh. He said the note was dated June 05 and that the Thai Embassy had asked for verification of news reports about the missing activist.

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Sun Narin