Hun Sen branded him a traitor. He fled the country but thugs found him

Walking out of a convenience store in suburban Bangkok one evening, Chamroeun Suon nearly became the latest in a long line of south-east Asian refugees, activists and journalists to disappear in Thailand.

The Cambodian opposition figure was buying medicine and as he stepped out of the store he was confronted by two men who had a van waiting not five metres away.

“I am police,” one told him in Thai, but soon revealed himself to be Cambodian. “The boss asked me to get you,” Chamroeun was told now in Khmer, the official language of Cambodia.

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