Investigation Underway in Cambodia Over Thai Activist’s Disappearance

Cambodia’s national police force has launched an investigation into the alleged abduction of Thai political activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit despite earlier calling his disappearance “fake news,” prompting frustration over delays from a rights group that demanded an independent and transparent probe.

Wanchalearm, 37, was apparently abducted in broad daylight on June 4—two days after he posted an anti-government video on Facebook—by gunmen in front of his apartment complex in Phnom Penh as he talked to his sister, Sitinan Satsakit, on a phone. She added that he said he couldn’t breathe as their call ended abruptly.

The activist had fled to Cambodia from Thailand after Thai authorities issued a June 2018 warrant for his arrest, accusing him of violating the Computer-Related Crime Act for operating a Facebook page deemed critical of the Thai government.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/investigation-06092020145507.html

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