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Kay Danes – Nightmare in Laos

August 28th, 2006 · No Comments

Kay Danes’ Nightmare in Laos: The True Story of a Woman Imprisoned in a Communist Gulag is her harrowing personal account of being locked up for a crime she didn’t commit, in a country where human rights are pure fiction.

Danes and her husband Kerry, a former Australian SAS officer, established Lao Securicor Company in 1999, which provided protection to some 75 mainly-foreign companies operating in the small Southeast Asian country. All was going well, until the one fateful day that would change the course of the Australian family’s history.

On December 23, 2000, a contingent of the Lao secret police, headed by Colonel Bounmaly Vilayvong, turned up at the company’s office. Bounmaly wanted to “talk” with them about one of their clients, Gem Mining Laos. The Danes’ refusal to do so spurred him to use different tactics. Kerry was arrested, and a couple of days later Bounmaly came for Kay. Their three young children were handed over to the Australian embassy, while the couple were sent to Phontong prison in Vientiane. read more..

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