Gov’t Told UN: We Have No Leads on Thai Dissident’s Abduction

Cambodian authorities told the U.N. that the visa of Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a missing Thai dissident living in exile in Phnom Penh, had expired almost three years ago when questioned about his alleged abduction from outside his apartment by armed men in June.

“Since then, no subsequent request has been made for further renewal of his temporary stay in Cambodia,” the country’s permanent mission to the U.N. said in a letter. “Aside from reports of media outlets, concerned authorities of Cambodia have neither knowledge nor any lead on the alleged abduction of Mr. Wanchalearm.”

The letter, dated June 19, was released by the U.N. on Friday alongside its own letter from June 12 sent to the government expressing deep concern over the alleged abduction and enforced disappearance, and seeking further information.

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