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Thailand businessman feared dead

Police say they are searching for the body of a Thai businessman and prominent critic of the government who disappeared a week ago and is feared dead.

Bangkok police commissioner Lt Gen Comronwit Toopgrajank said the driver of Akeyuth Anchanbutr has confessed to killing him and says he is buried on a mountain in Thailand's southern province of Phatthalung.

Mr Akeyuth is a critic of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, current premier Yingluck Shinawatra.

Lt Gen Comronwit said no charges will be pressed until the body is found.

Lawyer Suwat Apaipak says he believes Mr Akeyuth was targeted by political opponents.

Mr Akeyuth, 58, fled Thailand after he was convicted of running an investment pyramid scheme in 1983. He returned to Thailand after the statute of limitations ended.

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