Murder on the Mekong: why exiled Thai dissidents are abducted and killed

The Thai leadership is accused of the deaths and disappearances of activists in run-up to first elections in eight years

In the early evening of 12 December last year, in an area of Laos thick with jungle, Surachai Danwattananusorn sat down for sticky rice dessert with the gardener. For the previous two years, this remote spot is where Surachai – Thailand’s most outspoken political exile, with a 10m baht (£240,000) bounty on his head – had lived, in hiding from the Thai authorities.

At 78, Surachai still remained as much of a firebrand activist as when he was among the dozens of Thai republicans and anti-military activists who fled to Laos in the aftermath of the 2014 military coup.

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