2012-12-22 08:24:35 UTC
-2 uniformed policemen who stopped Sombath, one skinny and one larger person.
-Guy #1- The motobike/drive away driver of Sombath's Jeep, different from the light pickup truck driver, as suggested by some saying he returned with the truck. He would have known the station location without have to be flagged down.
-Guy #2- awaited in the station, light top, who came out to flag down the pickup truck. The 1st one to get in the front seat of the pickup.
-Guy#3- got into the back after Sombath, left the back door open when the car took off.
-guy#4 pickup driver
- watched on by one of the uniformed policemen who was chatting to 2 people on a motobike parked at the rear, took off pass the pickup. As someone was saying flagged on by the pickup driver, escorts?! So some 8 people in this operation counted. Note the zooming, swaying of the camera and a mouse cursor, I think it is caused not by the traffic camera, but by the cameraman who was using a handheld camera to copy the video on a screen. If there is a copy of the original video available, video enhancing can do a little better. If someone else has better software we might be able to identify these kidnappers, and help out the under resourced Lao police force :) Is it possible or permitted? to put an ad in the local papers to appeal for passersby who may recall something unusual and noted the registration numbers. The words get out there, we may also track down the where about of Sombath's Jeep.
What happened to Sombath highlights the rogue elements within the system, those who try to uplift Laos standards and those entrenched in corrupted ideal of governing.