Mystery surrounds the identity of three men who abducted a prominent journalist from Myanmar for 12 hours during the one-day visit to Malaysia of Myanmar's Prime Minister, General Khin Nyunt. Ko Minn Kyaw Minn, 26, was abducted on Tuesday morning while driving to the airport in Kuala Lumpur to cover the prime minister's arrival but was pulled over, forced from his car, hooded and taken away. The abductors released him about midnight, well after the general, touring Asean countries to explain the stalled democracy process in Myanmar, had left for Thailand. He said yesterday he was held in a shipping container, questioned about his pro-democracy activities, slapped, kicked and punched by the three men. A staunch supporter of persecuted Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, he said he was warned to stop his activities. The journalist, who lives in Malaysia with refugee status and is editor of the Burma Media Link, said he would continue his campaign for democracy and freedom in Myanmar. His Malaysian wife, Yussra Shahril, who was with him when he was abducted, lodged a police report alleging Malaysian Special Branch police, who oversee political and national security, were involved. Police spokesman Superintendent Jamshah Mustapa strongly denied any police involvement. The Myanmese embassy also denied any knowledge of the incident. Human rights lawyers and NGOs strongly condemned the incident, saying it was a first for Malaysia and described it as 'frighteningly brazen'. 'If police are involved it sets a dangerous precedent,' human rights lawyer Sivarasah Rasiah said.