By The Nation
The ceremony was held at the Dulles International Airport, Virginia. According to Thai Embassy in Washington’s facebook page, Elizabeth Plasai, spouse of Ambassador Virachai, took part in the ceremony and accompanied him on his final journey back to his beloved homeland.
Virachai, the career diplomat and legal expert passed away in the United States at the age of 58 last month. He had been suffering from Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and had been admitted to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland early March and passed away at the hospital.
He was the key official in the International Court of Justice for the contentious case on the Preah Vihear temple between Thailand and Cambodia in 2011-2013 when he was the Ambassador of Thailand to the Netherlands.
Chief of Protocol of the US Ambassador Sean Lawler and Patrick Murphy, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, represented the US Government at the ceremony. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) took part in the dignified transfer ceremony.
Boosara Kanchanalai, chargé d’ affaires of the Thai Embassy and members of the Team Thailand in Washington, DC participated the transfer.