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Cambodia reverses decision and will investigate activist’s disappearance

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Cambodia reverses decision and will investigate activist's disappearance
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Authorities in Cambodia have announced that they will look into the alleged kidnapping of Thai activist, Wanchalearm Satsksit, after previously seeming reluctant to do so.

Mr. Satsksit was bundled into a car in broad daylight last week. Shortly after the incident, both Thai and Cambodian officials released statements saying they had nothing to do with the event.

The spokesman for the Cambodian Interior Ministry suggested the kidnapping was “fake news” while Chhay Kim Khoeun, a spokesman for the Cambodian National Police, said there was “nothing to investigate.”

However, the Cambodian Police have announced that they will look into the abduction, with Mr. Khoeun somewhat reversing his initial stance by telling AFP:

“We are launching an investigation into it… it’s not clear yet at what level this information (about his disappearance) is true.”

The disappearance of Mr. Sitsksit led to small protests taking place in Bangkok. His family also issued public pleas for his release.

The pro-democracy activist ran a Facebook group that regularly criticized the ruling Thai Government and had posted a cryptic message reading “Compromise Mode” shortly before he disappeared.

Since the 2014 coup, at least eight prominent Thai activists have disappeared across Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Source: Bangkok Post