The disappearance of ethnic Karen activist Porlajee "Billy" Rakchongcharoen was affecting Thailand's human rights protection movement and was similar to the case of missing Muslim lawyer Somchai Neelapaijit, the chief of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department said on Thursday.
Pol Col Narat Sawettanant said Mr Porlajee has been missing for seven days after being arrested by Phetchaburi's Kaeng Krachan National Park officers for allegedly possessing illegally harvested wild honey.
Park chief Chaiwat Limlikitaksorn claimed he only reprimanded Mr Porlajee as it was a “small offence” but the man has not been seen since shortly after he was released.
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