Third Appeal to the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Ng Shui Meng, Wife of Sombath Somphone, 30 January 2013
This is my third appeal to the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to release information or results of investigation of the disappearance of my husband, Sombath Somphone, on the evening of 15 December 2012.
Today is the 45th day since my husband’s disappearance and I have done all I can to cooperate with the police and provided information to assist the investigation and find my husband as quickly as possible. I have also met with the National Assembly Vice-President and his staff to appeal to the National Assembly, as the representatives of the people, to urge the police to expedite the investigation. But all these efforts have not yielded any concrete information related to the progress of the investigation, other than statements that “the police are still investigating”.
There are still no answers to my queries regarding:
- What did the police manning the police post the evening of Sombath’s disappearance on 15 December 2012 said what happened that night, and what did they see?
- Whether the motorcyclist who drove away Sombath’s jeep has been identified?
- Has Sombath’s jeep (License plate No.: 2624) been found?
- Whether the white truck with flashing lights that stopped at the police post and took my husband away been identified?
- Has the driver of the white truck who drove away with my husband been questioned?
- If the footages were too blurry, as claimed by the police, has the Ministry of Public Security sought technical assistance from any other government or international security agencies? Are they too blurry for the entire Tha Deua Road CCTV cameras?
- Has the Lao police issued an Interpol Yellow Notification to inform colleagues in the region about Sombath’s disappearance and sought their assistance?
To all these questions I have not had any satisfactory answers. Continue reading “Third letter from Sombath’s wife”