Imprint of Abducted Thai Activist Begins to Fade From Neighborhood

Three months after a Thai activist was allegedly abducted from outside a Chroy Changvar district apartment, neighbors say other Thai regulars who used to be seen in the area are no longer around, while apartment management denies the man had even lived there.

Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a 38-year-old dissident known for his satire and criticism of Thailand’s military regime, was allegedly abducted just before 6 p.m. on June 4, according to witness testimony collected by New York-based Human Rights Watch. Witnesses told the group that the pro-democracy activist, who had lived in exile in Cambodia since 2014, was returning from buying food outside his apartment in Chroy Changvar district’s Mekong Gardens condominium building when he was restrained and taken away in a black car.

Cambodian authorities have maintained that they have no leads in the case. National Police spokesperson Chhay Kim Khoeun told VOD last month that authorities found no record that Wanchalearm was living in the condominium, and the vehicle caught in surveillance tapes had an unregistered license. No other witnesses had come forward after their initial investigation, Kim Khoeun said.

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