By The Nation
The disappearance of political activist Surachai Danwattananusorn and the murder of his two close aides has prompted concern from United Nations officials in Thailand, according to Surachai’s wife.
Pranee Danwattananusorn, whose husband Surachai is believed to have been killed following his disappearance in Laos, said on Tuesday that UN officials would call on Tha Uthen police station in Nakhon Phanom on Monday and Tuesday next week to ask about progress in the investigation.
Earlier this week, Pranee and her lawyer requested Tha Uthen police station to investigate a social-media report that a third body had been found in the Mekong River in late December.
The two bodies retrieved at the time were identified as Surachai's close aides, Chatcharn Buppawan and Kraidej Luelert. The two men had lived in self-exile with Surachai, who was wanted in Thailand for lese majeste. They were last seen alive together on December 12.
Pranee said she believed Surachai, 77, was the third body that witnesses say they spotted.
She said that at a police friend's suggestion, she was also considering filing separate complaints with the Crime Suppression Division and the Department of Special Investigation regarding his disappearance and possible murder.
Police Colonel Natee Siriworawat, superintendent of Nakhon Phanom's Tha Uthen police station, said on Tuesday that police had never been alerted about a third body in the Mekong River at that time.