Earlier this month wife of missing Laotian activist Sombath Somphone, Shui Meng Ng, spoke at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific about her husband’s disappearance more than a year ago.
Poised and steadfast, Shui Meng recounted the evening of December 15, 2012, when she witnessed her husband’s disappearance at a police check point in Vientiane, the capital of Laos.
“I was in the car in front of him. He was driving his jeep, following me,” she said.
Closed-circuit television footage shows 61-year-old Sombath Somphone being stopped by police, then entering a police station.
The grainy vision also reveals his jeep being driven away by a man who pulled up on a motorbike, and Somphone getting into a big white truck with flashing lights.
“That is the evidence we have of his abduction,” Shui Meng, a Singaporean national said.
The forum and Shui Meng’s testimony highlighted an issue plaguing Southeast Asia –state-sanctioned disappearances.