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Outspoken Thai Businessman Feared Slain by Driver

12 June 2013

Police are searching for the body of a missing Thai businessman and critic of the government who is feared dead. Bangkok police said Wednesday the driver of Akeyuth Anchanbutr has confessed to killing him and says he’s buried on a mountain in Thailand’s southern Phatthalung province. Akeyuth is a critic of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, current premier Yingluck Shinawatra. His lawyer says he believes Akeyuth was targeted by political opponents. Akeyuth, 58, fled Thailand after he was convicted of running an investment pyramid scheme in 1983 and returned after the statute of limitations ended. —AP