Vietnam: Blogger critic missing and feared ‘kidnapped’ in Thailand

February 7, 2019 | Brainwave Science


A famous Vietnamese blogger is missing after he fled to Thailand to seek political asylum with a UN refugee agency, fueling fears in journalist community that he has been abducted by Vietnamese security agents.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has raised concerned over his safety and demanded all possible information regarding the disappearance of Truong Duy Nhat, a Vietnamese blogger with the US Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia (RFA) from the Thai authorities. RSF believe Vietnamese agents may have kidnapped Nhat on January 26 when he was visiting the Future Park shopping mall in Bangkok. However, Thai police claim they have no such knowledge about Truong Nhat and are not detaining him.

Police Colonel Tatpong Sarawanangkoon, a Thai official in charge of the kingdom’s Immigration Detention Center, said in the RFA report that Nhat was not among the center’s detainees.Vietnam

The head of RSF’s Asia Pacific desk, Daniel Bastard, said, “We urge the Thai authorities to make every effort to shed light on Truong Duy Nhat’s extremely disturbing disappearance.” Daniel further suggest that if it is proven that Thai authorities are not involved in abduction then it would mean that Vietnamese agents are no longer bothered by international law. According to Radio Free Asia, other Vietnamese bloggers who have applied for refugee status in Bangkok say they think Nhat was abducted while in a shopping mall in suburban Bangkok.Vietnam

Truong Nhat is widely admired as a blogger, even within circles of the ruling Community Party in Vietnam. Bui Thanh Hieu, another journalist who found asylum in Germany, wrote on Facebook he believed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc may have ordered Nhat’s abduction as he is in possession of compromising information about the prime minister’s clan in Quang Nam province.Vietnam

In 2014, RSF included him in its list of 100 ‘information heroes’.  This isn’t the first time Nhat is facing such trouble related to his profession of publishing the truth. Nhat was arrested in 2013 and sentenced to two years in prison for ‘abusing democratic freedoms’ in his blog, Mot Goc Nhin Khac.Vietnam


Thailand was formerly seen as a regional safe haven for journalists and dissidents, but the situation has deteriorated under nearly five years of military rule, with reported cases of dissidents being abducted by foreign agents or arrested and deported by Thai authorities to their respective home countries where they suffered harsh retaliation.Vietnam

Unfortunately, several journalists around the globe including Truong Duy Nhat are experiencing constant threats in the form of violence and intimidation for excising their fundamental right to freedom of expression from home or foreign countries. The most recent and horrible incident in the history of journalism was of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was mercilessly executed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Since past few months, Thailand has encountered several complex asylum cases where home country intervened or forced Thailand government to return their citizens. Cases like Bahraini professional soccer star, Hakeem Ali Mohamed Ali Al-Araib, detained in Thailand and 18-year-old Saudi woman, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who fled to Thailand after suffering abuse from her family. Now the question is what will be the fate of Vietnamese blogger?

This is not the first time the Vietnamese government has been accused of abducting its citizen from abroad and violating international law. The Human Right Watch’s Bangkok-based deputy Asia director, Phil Robertson, accused Vietnam of “consistently engaging in hostile surveillance and harassment of Vietnamese and Montagnard who fled the country to escape political and religious persecution.”

Nhat’s disappearing case is somewhat similar to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as we don’t know the end of Nhat’s story. Understanding the minimal time available, Thailand government and law enforcement are under relentless pressure from Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders and other communities to identify the whereabouts of Nhat before he has the same fate as Khashoggi.


The fate of Vietnamese blogger depends on the thorough investigation held by law enforcement agencies in Thailand. In order to locate Truong Nhat, law enforcement personnel need accurate and reliable intelligence and evidence. The existing conventional investigative tools preferred by law enforcement agencies as an intelligence gathering method in above cases are time consuming and do not provide beneficial results due to lack of physical evidence.

Truong Nhat’s case demonstrates exactly why Thailand law enforcement agencies that encountered several complex asylum cases desperately need to look for an alternative method or process to gather accurate intelligence, verify the background check and identify the perpetrators in a short time period before it’s too late to help. Nhat’s case is a complex and challenge one for Royal Thai Police as it involves Vietnamese security agents and foreign consulates. In order to crack this case open, a non-intrusive, affordable and efficient technology with nearly perfect accuracy is desperately needed by the law enforcement personnel to gather accurate intelligence as stored in the human brain and verify the testimonies of witness and suspects related to this case.

Brainwave Science has unveiled the most revolutionary technology of this century that enables law enforcement personnel to determine who the perpetrator of a crime is or what information that he or she possesses, by matching information of the crime scene directly from an infallible witness- the human brain with over 99% accuracy without necessity of physical evidence and it’s called iCognative. Considering the limited time available in this case, this technology is the only available hope of bring Nhat safely and find the truth behind his disappearance- who was involved?

Law enforcement agencies around the globe can utilize iCognative technology in such complex recurring cases where journalists are threatened for excising their fundamental right to freedom of expression by home or foreign agencies. iCognative is the only technology the guarantees that no perpetrator, including the powerful one who threaten journalist in order to protect their infamous concealed activities, would remain unpunished for his crime due to his/her smartness or lack of available substantial evidence. In this case, all the necessary crime-related information could be accessible and verified with almost perfect accuracy once a 45-minutes iCognative test is conducted by law enforcement personnel on the suspects, witnesses or the person related to this case. Information such as: when and where Nhat was last seen or contacted by RFA associates, UN refugee agency members or Vietnam consulates members, what he was wearing at the time he was visiting the Future Park shopping mall, time of last visit to UN refugee agency, any suspicious activity of Nhat, what was he lately working on, any other motive behind disappearing and other vital information along with witness testimonies as well as testimonies of colleagues, friends and family including his wife, etc., would be easily verified and available to law enforcement personnel to investigate this case in the right direction once the test is completed.

An assigned investigator uploads all the investigative details related to this crime or other Vietnamese journalists seeking asylum cases into the iCognative system protocol. The system records and analyzes the brain responses when case related known and confidential information (called Stimuli) is flashed to the suspect on a digital screen in the forms of pictures, phrases or words and determine with over 99% accuracy what information they possess and trying to conceal from the investigator. iCognative is a user-friendly technology therefore it is easy to operate without necessity of specific knowledge or skills.

Brainwave Science’s iCognative is the only hope of Truong Nhat’s survival and further law enforcement agencies can discover 100% accurate truth behind the disappearance of Vietnamese bloggers, which party is responsible. iCognative has the capability to provide accurate and reliable intelligence and leads through power of brainwaves within an hour to law enforcement personnel in cases which are impossible to solve, and limited time or evidence is available.

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